Greetings, fellow pool people!
We are a "temporary pool" family right in the middle of the USA, and after switching over to SWG, on the advice of my son, I have realized that I must learn this stuff myself. He asked me the other day if I would be willing to pay a monthly fee if it meant that I wouldn't have to deal with this pool or think about it, and I admit that, yes, if it meant not having to learn all this stuff, I would...depending on the cost...but then if I were investing in that, I might as well invest in a much bigger pool. And then I realized, after studying on here a while, that pool guys don't really know anything, either. Well, except for you guys, right!
Anyway, thanks for all your knowledge...I never liked chemistry in high school, and I am still afraid of it! But I'm starting to think that even I can get this figured out!
thats my intro, so know for my questions....
The pool is a 3300 gallon pro series that we upgraded to a sand filter and SWG last year. We were glad when we could finally close the pool and take it down, cuz we could never get the water clear and sparkly.
This year we started it up, and didn't add stabilizer or anything except salt. (Totally ignorant, and that son of mine was out of town!)
Now we have emptied it and are going to start again.
My question is, do we have to clean it? I have read on here the advice of emptying half of the pool, refilling, then shockin, or slamming, it.
Could I add some bleach to the foot of water that's still in the pool, to clean it, and then fill it? Or do I even have to do that? Or do I have to suck every bit of water out...maybe with a shop vac? And then scrub?
or can I just fill, then add stabilizer, bleach, and then start testing? Oh, and salt? When would I add the salt back in?
I did get the Taylor k2006 test kit. The second time I tested it, I started to slightly understand these mysteries. No CYA, no FC, high pH, higher TA! That's why I'm emptying it.