Newbie to pool and this forum. First post. I really appreciate all of the knowledge on this site!
I just moved into this new house 11 months ago and trying to learn pool maintenance. Last summer I was able to enjoy the pool for about a month before winter time. Since last summer, I have installed a SWG. Our neighbors just recently told us that the pool was black (dark green) from the previous owners who traveled a lot. The water is typically clear. Being new to the Taylor K-2005 kit I have been running a sample down to Leslie's to check my numbers. I am not sure what to do to get my Chlorine level up from ZERO. I have superchlorinated the pool a few times and currently have it set to 100%. I run the pump for 8 hours a day; typically late at night. However, it is on during the day when the kids or wife swims (but not for the 8 hour cycle). The pool is in the sun early in the morning and most of the afternoon until about 4:30.
I have a few questions, but my primary concern is the chlorine level. It's been reading zero for weeks.
Is the Taylor K-2005 acceptable or does the 2006 offer an additional test I need?
Is there a hierarchy of tests? In other words, what needs to be within its particular range before I move on to the next test/adjustment? I realize there's a harmony between all factors but what to tackle first?
Todays results I have so far (from Leslie's):
pH - 7.8
TA - Total Alkalinity - 120
FC - Free Chlorine - 0
TC - Total Chlorine - Not provided
CH - Calcium Hardness - 300
CYA - Cyanuric Acid (stabilizer) - 70
An additional test that Leslie's provided that I did not see on your list:
Total Dissolved Solids - Max (Definition: 2500-3000 ppm Maximum. Exception: Chlorine generators. Partially drain and refill when TDS is 1500 ppm above the salt level Use salt test strips)
Salt - 2900
Is there a way I can "kick-start" the chlorine? I saw the forum's BBB approach which I thoroughly favor instead of spending excess money at the pool stores.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!