We have a 16x32 IG pool with a SWG that has been completed for about a year. I've been letting my husband handle all of the chemistry and maintenance, and come to find out, he hasn't done much. He has been adding salt and acid when needed, but never anything else (he has NEVER, not even once, added stabilizer). It's a large pool that gets 100% sunlight in the heat of Southeast Louisiana and is open year round. Not surprisingly, our FC and CYA are now next to nothing. I've been researching and reading ever since I discovered these issues, and I'm in the process of getting everything where it should be. As of today, salt is 3,000 ppm, PH is 7.8.
My question is this: what do I tackle first? Do I add bleach to bring the chlorine up, then CYA? Do I add CYA and then let the SWG chlorinate? Do I run a "chlorine boost" on the SWG after adding the CYA? I'm obviously very new to all of this, but I'm ready to take the first step towards getting the pool properly balanced. I've ordered a Taylor K-2006 test kit (currently using dip strips and Pentair Rainbow 2-in-1 test kit), and it should be here in a couple of days. I can bring a water sample to a local pool store as soon as tomorrow morning if needed.
Please advise on what my first step should be while I continue to educate myself on proper pool maintenance. Thanks in advance!