I recently purchased a house in december of last year that has the pool in my signature. This is my first experience taking care of a pool and therefore know nothing about it. When we first moved in the pool was nice and clear, well in February, we had a major ice storm and a tree fell on my pool pump and broke some pipes. My being a little lazy and not knowing what I was doing, took until last week to get it fixed. In that time my pool went from clear to a murky green which I am assuming is algae. I have spent a lot of time on this site and others reading up on how to take car of it but I am still unsure about some things, and my local pool store's lack of ambition to teach me anything has me a little weary.
So first off I know that i need test results to post, I don't have any testing equipment yet and really don't know what to get, I'm looking at the TF-50 kit, will this be suitable for starting out (overkill/not enough).
Second I have seen so many different figures on what to put in the pool and how much to put in the pool in order to kill the algae. I also read somewhere that seeing as how it has been about a month of this, some readings won't be accurate (i believe it was CYA but not sure). What am i supposed to do in this case, just guess?
I have also read a lot about using bleach instead of dichlor/trichlor or commonly known as "shock". (I do realize that shock is a verb and not a noun) What I dont get about this is that seeing as how it is an outdoor pool wont i have to add CYA with the bleach negating the use of the bleach in the first place? so with a pool this size about how much of what type of chemicals should i have on hand during the SLAMing process?
Lastly, when i took over the pool, the salt level was below the usable range for the intellichlor rendering it useless for the time being, also I read the manual and it said that if the pool water gets below a certain point it will shut down and not produce any chlorine. Well now the water temp is in the acceptable range, should I add salt before, during, or after I SLAM the pool?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and putting up with my long windedness