We are the new owners of a Vinyl, 18x38', 3' to 8' rectangular in ground pool. The pool fill was from a city water truck (the pool company provided), but unfortunately from the time the water was filled to the time they got the pump running (they had a leak that involved concrete removal and an electrical issue), and the drainage/retaining wall finished, we had a couple of severe thunderstorms that washed considerable mud into the pool. They drained the pool down to about 3' in the deep end and got as much mud out as they could, then replenished with a city water truck again. Of course, now we had a pool that was still muddy and green with algae. We haven't taken official delivery of the pool yet, so I've had my hands tied somewhat in that I have to allow the pool company to do their thing on clearing up the water. It's been three days now with the pump running and SWG the pool is getting clear enough that I can see mud still on the walls in the deep end. They've shocked the pool twice (before I came here and learned about the SLAM method), and today they're going to start vacuuming. We also have a robot with self contained filter that after the vacuum they are going to let loose. And they've dropped about 6 bromine tabs in the skimmer.
Fortunately, we live 30 minutes from TFTestKits, and I've already been in contact with them and will be driving up tomorrow to purchase a TF-100, so I can start doing my own testing and analysis and not rely on what the pool company is doing. I wouldn't be sweating it too much, but the pool is already 3 weeks late, and we have a big July 4th barbecue-pool party planned so I'm starting to get nervous. The pool company guy who is really a hard worker but not sure of his knowledge of chems says he expects the pool to be crystal clear by Monday.
I know until I get the kit tomorrow I'm flying blind, but is there anything I should be doing or getting prepared to do to make sure that by next Saturday I have a pool that is swimmable? Thanks in advance for your help! I've been reading all the Pool School articles and am getting a bit confused as to what applies to SWG specifically as some of the school of thought seems to be geared toward chlorine chem pools only. I've read that chlorine is chlorine and I can use liquid bleach and the return if needed and the SWG won't care, but of course until I get the #'s tomorrow, I won't know what to do.