I have a 32500 gallon gunite pool. Chlorine at 0, ph 7.3, cya 55. Sand filter with 1hp Pentair. Usually no problems with this pool but holy smoke now I have problems. First of all, I have no test kit other than the two tube type and strips (I know - useless). However, I have a buddy (best friend) who will my water when I need it at the pool store. He doesn't try to sell me chemicals so I trust him. He makes his money other ways. Second year without problems. However, my pump died and the water was stagnate for about 10 days. It is now a deep green.
Before I waste my time and money, I was going to get an opinion. My options are draining, pressure washing and starting over or SLAM without a test kit. My kids are on my butt so I'm under the gun. I plan refill my Taylor kit ASAP but wanted to get started. The refills will take a week or so to get here .
What I've done so far: day 1, I added phosphate remover. Day 2 (Today), I added algaecide. This was on recommendation of pool store. My buddy gave me the chemicals and told me to pay him if they worked. No change of course. I bought 7 pounds of diclor but have not added that yet. My CYA was 50. At this point, I don't think that will work. I thought of bleach instead but I just don't know.
So, should I just drain the dang thing or try to do this without a text kit using bleach? I have a deep well so water cost not an issue other cost to pump it.
I know I am very handicapped without the kit, but I need to get this thing going.
Thanks in advance.