My pool was fine until our area flooded including our town's power station and they put us on limited power with explicit instructions to not run anything unnecessary like pool pumps. So 3 weeks later we had a green pool. I've been dumping 2-3 (121oz) jugs of bleach into it everyday 1 in the morning and 2 at night went out and got the sand filter last week because i got sick of dealing with the pitiful pump and paper carts. I've also been adding 8-12 oz of HTH PH minus because I had some left from last year. I was hoping to get lucky but finally convinced my wife that we need the $60 test kit. Pool has gone from dark green to lime green and I can see (barely) about a foot down. Been brushing 2-3 times a day and i can definitely see stuff kicking up like small particles. I bought some Bioguard Sparkle up to try to get the smaller stuff but it was so expensive I don't want to use it until the pool is clean because the 1/8 cup I put in made the sand filter pressure skyrocket and I had to backwash. Oh and I also added 1.75lbs of CYA and vacuuming doesn't pull much off the bottom but when I pull out the leaf basket on the filter there is yellow stuff in the bottom. Mustard Algae or pollen? I don't know.
I will be ordering the test kit by Thursday. My questions are...
1) Is there anything I can do in the meantime to keep it from getting worse?
2) Is there an amount of bleach 8.25% that will damage my pool or pump/filter?
3) Or should I just let everything go so that I can accurately test the Ph and alkalinity when the kit arrives?
4) How much does bleach usually raise alkalinity and PH?
Thank you in advance I understand it's difficult to give advice without numbers but I'm worried mainly about any damage I may do if I throw 3-4 jugs of bleach in at once.