Long-time pool owner here but I must have gone brain-dead. Have been keeping my gunite 17.5k gal, DE filter pool clean but the chlorine and PH have gotten whacked. On the 2-part test, the chlorine side is orange - over 5ppm and the pH side yellow, ~ 7.0. I took the floater out last Friday and was away for the w/e so no pool use but things haven't seemed to have changed at all. Leslies guy wants to sell me chlorine neutralizer and soda ash. I wanted him to do a complete test this evening but the water sample was from this morning and he said the sample can't be more than an hour old so I'll try again tomorrow evening and stop home first.
I'd like to use the pool this w/e (it's just me, no kids and my wife doesn't care to swim). What should I do?
----- after reading a bit, it looks like I should ditch the pool store! Per the BBB metod , I'll try a cup of borax to bring the ph up and get a decent test kit asap. What do I do about the high chlorine level though? It doesn't seem to be coming down on it's own. I suppose I could backwash again and replace some water....
Gary in SoCal