Hello - I stumbled across this site this afternoon when I was trying to educate myself about pool care, and first off let me say thanks to the folks that have built this site. I feel much more empowered to solve this issue myself so I can actually enjoy my pool over labor day weekend.
Here goes...I don't have a test kit. The previous owner of this home told me all I had to do is add salt and make sure the light stays green The water is nice and clear, but there is what appears to be some organic matter stuck in the small "pits" in in the bottom of the liner. I could get them out with my fingernail, but the pool brush and vacuum couldn't get it...I'm thinking algae. So, I went to Leslie's and got the water tested
FAC - 0
TAC - 0
Salt - 2300
CYA - 0
TA - 80
pH - 8
So it would appear that it is time for me to shock...(or SLAM) this pool. I'm sure it is here somewhere, but I have a few specific questions about how to tackle this...first, some background on the pool:
It is ~15k gallon 17x38 'eight' shaped pool with a Pentair SWG and a sand filter.
Leslie's didn't have any chlorine or CYA, so they told me to come back tomorrow. But, before I start this process should I also buy a good test kit? I saw a couple of recommendations on this site for test kits, but if I can get the process started today/tomorrow I can keep taking samples to Leslie's or just find a test kit to buy there.
-What is shock level for my pool and how much chlorine do I need to add (I've heard bleach works too? Does it matter?)
-When should I add the CYA and how much should I add?
-Should I go ahead and add the salt too since I'm low?
-Should I worry about my pH being high at this point?
-Is there anything different I should do with this being a SWG pool? Should I pump the sanitizer output up to 100%?
-Should I buy some algaecide?
Thanks in advance!!