First time pool owner here. Just bought a house with an existing in ground pool. My wife, daughter and I are really looking forward to enjoying it this year. With the heat we're having this week, right now would be a really good time to enjoy it, but alas, it is currently an algae farm. Well, maybe not quite. The previous owner "opened" the pool this year, and maintained it for a while, but at some point, they stopped maintenance (probably right after we submitted our bid on the house), and it has a green tint to it. I wouldn't call it a green monster, but IMO, it's definitely not in swimming condition.
And, of course, I have questions. I'll just go with one for now.
None of the kits available locally are as good as the TF-100 test kit that I'm ordering. So I hesitate to buy anything locally, but at the same time, I don't want to let the pool go for a few more days before doing anything. We have a Kokido 5 Way Swimming Pool Test Kit. It tests for Chlorine/Bromine/PH/Acid Demand/Total Alkalinity. Should we use that to enable us to do something now, while we wait on the TF-100 kit? Or should we do something else? I'd really like to halt the algae before the TF-100 kit gets here.
I have a bunch more, but that's my biggest current concern. I'll read around some, and I'm sure I'll find answers for most of my questions.