I have been reading this forum all winter long and debating if I had the nerve to change my pool over to Chlorine or if I would spend my hard earned money and go the easy, VERY EXPENSIVE route with Baquacil again...after reflecting on all my time fighting with pink slime last year, I have decided to change. YAY!!!! I will be taking the cover off the pool today after work and getting started. I received my test kit last week. Took everyone's advice and went with the XL version. Picked up 12 gallons of bleach (6%) yesterday at the store. I know that will only be a drop in the bucket but will pick up more before I get home.
I do have a few questions though, and yes I have read over the pool school a million times BUT it is much more comforting when I get answers as I ask them and feel like you guys are involved with me. LOL
Once I take the cover off and get filter running, should I let the water circulate first before checking my PH? And if so how long? I have read some people just let it circulate for a hour or so and check and then I read that I should let it circulate for a full 24 hours before doing any testing.
Either way, after checking the PH and getting it to range, then I will begin SLAMMING.
My other question is this....I have a BBQ at my house this coming up weekend. OF COURSE. Wait till last minute and want results now...am I the only one? LOL The truth is I meant to start on this 2 weeks ago but forgot I was going to need my test kit and then had to wait for it to come so..here we are.... but, the question....granted I can get my water cleared up and beautiful before Saturday..what are SAFE numbers for me to allow swimmers? Even if I am yet to pass the OCLT is it safe to have swimmers in my pool? We have a lot of children and just don't want to rush and have them in unsafe conditions.
Last thing....I do a partial drain every year so I just filled most of the pool with fresh water...will this cut down on the SLAMMING time at all or no? Been on Baquacil for 4 seasons. And I have a feeling the 5th on Chlorine will be the best. Will be off to get sand for filter and CYA on Wednesday from pool store for when I get to that step! I promise I wont jump and try to change to early!
Thanks for all the great help on this forum. I am ready to take over my pool. NO THANKS POOL STORE! I'm not buying!