I just purchased a home that has an in ground pool. Its small (24' x 12') and he left me his testing kit and some chemicals. I tested the water day 1, it tests for CL / BR on one side and PH on the other. I read over the ABC's of pool water chemistry and noticed right away "free chlorine (FC)" is one of the vital checks. What is the CL stand for? Just chlorine levels? I didn't notice anything that said CL on the ABC page? Next to the CL it says BR and I am not sure what that stands for.
Anyways so the CL side is orange, which I am assuming is off the charts. And the PH side is a very pale yellow. Obviously I need to buy an extensive testing kit, but how does anyone get by with one so limited?
I picked up a bucket of soda ash yesterday to raise PH, and hoping the wind / sun helps bring the chlorine levels lower. How long can that take, and does stabilizer keep it from dropping, its been about 5 days and hasn't changed yet?
Thanks for the help!