First of all I am new here, this will be my first post. I live in Chesapeake, VA.
So I bough my house back in October and was told that the pool hadn't been opened in about 2 years.
We took the cover off about a week ago and have been trying to get it cleaned up and opened. I did not have a water test kit so I can not tell you what my levels were when it was first opened up. I can tell you though it was very black. I will attach some pictures.
Either way I went to Leslies and bought their DPD test kit. (FC-TC-CC-Ph-CYA-TA-CH) I know what people say about pool stores but I was in a rush and didn't want to wait on shipping.
Ok so what I have tried to do so far:
I shocked with 8 lbs of Super Shock (73%). That seemed to green it up a little bit (instead of black).
I didn't write down my readings before I did that but I know that I had 0 chlorine and my Ph was around 6.5. I raised the Ph to 7.5 with Ph increase and Alkalinity prior to shocking.
Taking the advice of Leslies I waited 24hrs after that 8lb shocking and added 7oz of Copper Algaecide, he told me to wait another 24hrs and use FLOC.
I haven't done the FLOC yet but the pool doesn't look much different from putting the algaecide in than it did before it.
I finally wrote down my readings today. Ph-7.2, FC-1.5, TC-3, CYA-0, TA-40
I also need to say that I have raked a bunch of stuff off of the bottom but since I can't see down there I do not know if I am done. Most of the stuff at this point is like a muck that I want to vacuum out but I am scared to clog up pipes because I can't see. KWIM? [that is Know What I Mean]
ANY AND ALL SUGGESTIONS OR NEGATIVE/CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM ARE WELCOMED!!! I AM THICK SKINNED.
AFTER SHOCK AND ALGAECIDE (look you can see the first step in the shallow end )
Oh one last thing. There are the weird grasshopper looking bugs that I can see at the surface at night. They swim down to the bottom when I shine a flashlight on them. They have a forked slug like tail. Does anyone know what those are?