I am learning to correctly care for my pool..in the past we have relied on the pool store to do it..but they never really taught us..so I am thrilled to find this wonderful forum!
We just drained and refilled our pool with well water. I poured most of a huge jug of bleach (182 oz) into the water as it filled yesterday, but it took about 2 days to completely fill. I had not added any other chemicals. The pool store did my test today as I have not yet received my test kit that you recommend. I will put the current numbers and then the "ideal" numbers the pool store recommends in parenthesis.
I put the numbers in the pool calculator and via those recommendations added the recommended 195 oz bleach, approx 85 oz Ph Minus from Walmart (Is that the same as dry acid?) Now I need to add stabilizer, can I just sprinkle it around or do I have to find a "sock" as recommended in pool school? If so, can I use a real sock ?
Saturation Index 1.1 (-.3-.3)
TDS not tested
CYA 24 (30-200)
Total Chlorine 0.5 (1-3)
Free Chlorine 0 (1-3)
pH 8.2 (7.2-7.6)
Tot. Alkalinity 168 (they do not give an ideal here)
Adj Total Alk 161 (125-150)
Tot. Hardness 323 (175-225)
Copper not tested
Iron not tested (I asked about this and they said we do not have a problem with iron in the water in our area)
Manganese no (no)
pH: add 4.75 lb of pH decreaser
Stabilizer: Add 3 lbs of Chlorine Stabilizer (They told me before to add 8 lbs w/o testing..boy am I glad I tested instead..thanks!)
Calcium Hardness: Add 2.5 qts of Simplicity Scale and Stain Control (I did not buy this..isn't total hardness a different test than calcium hardness??)
Oxidizer: add two bags of Breakout 35 (to boost free chlorine residual and/or eliminate combined chlorine.
Use Simplicity Filter & Cartridge Cleaner to clean your filter.
Add 2 lbs of Crystal Clear Multi-Shock weekly
Add 19 oz of Algae Terminator Initally
Add 4 oz of Algae Terminator weekly
Add 7 oz Simplicity Natural Enzyme Treatment weekly to break down undesirable contaminants
I did not buy any chemicals at the pool store. I do have Metal Free and Phos Free that they recommend I add on startup, should I put them in?
In our area we tend to have high pH..especially after it rains. I usually end up using a lot of pH minus to maintain pH.
I have never used bleach before..I have used it twice in two days now and have splashed it on my shirt today..ruined..any tips for keeping this from happening?
Thanks so much for any help and recommendations!