Hey everyone! I've read through the Pool School, and the sticky above, but not until after I overreacted to a green pool. My pump quit working last weekend, and it got replaced under warranty yesterday. I skimmed out everything I could see last night, backwashed, and added DE to the filter, and then proceeded to slowly add 8 gallons of 10% liquid chlorine from Home Depot. I then brushed the pool completely, and have backwashed a few times as necessary.
I knew there was no chlorine in the pool, but I completely forgot to get test results for CYA, pH, etc, BEFORE adding all that chlorine. Now that my chlorine is off the charts of my OTO drop test kit, I am going to get a FAS-DPD kit. The problem is, how do I get a reliable pH test result, now that I already added all that chlorine. I also realize (after using the pool calc website), I put WAY too much chlorine in my 13,000 gallon pool, especially if my CYA is zero (which I'm not sure about).
Bottom line is, do I need to wait until my chlorine drops down to a normal level, before I can get an accurate test done for CYA & pH? Also, will the chlorine even kill the algae, if my pH is way too high right now?
Thanks in advance for any help. The kids really want to get in the pool! The forecast calls for 100 - 110 over the next week here in Gilbert, AZ!!