Just uncovered a swamp

Linkon

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May 14, 2010
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Howell, MI
Please help! I bought a house with a pool and dont know much about taking care of pools. I just took the cover off and it is a total swamp. I am in the process of filling it up so I can start the pump/filter. What is the first thing I should do once I get the filter going? I have one of those TF-100 test kits but have not used it yet.

Here are some pictures if it helps. As you can see, it is a really dark green but the liner is a light blue :shock: :





 

duraleigh

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Linkon,

We'll all help you get going. You are on the right track already by getting filled up and circulating.

Once you're up and running, post a set of test results for us. If the kit is a little intimidating at first, don't hesitate to ask for help.
 

frustratedpoolmom

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Hi there,
Head over to Pool School and start with the ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry. That should get you started. Then read the other articles, including Defeating Algae.

Now, it can feel overwhelming at first because it is alot of information to absorb, but we'll help walk you thru it. So post back here if you have any questions at all. :)
 

Linkon

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May 14, 2010
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Howell, MI
Thanks Mod Squad

So these are the tests I should do first?

FC - Free Chlorine
pH - Acidity/Alkalinity
TA - Total Alkalinity
CH - Calcium Hardness
CYA - Cyanuric Acid
 

duraleigh

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Yeah, that'll work. There's a CC's test also but don't worry about it for now. We'll have you do that one when your pool starts to get really clear.
 

Linkon

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May 14, 2010
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Howell, MI
Ok, here are my test results:

Chlorine = 0
ph = 7.2
TA = 180
CH = 250
CYA = 40

I'm going to go get some bleach, please let me know if I should add anything else?
 

ssa

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Your PH and CYA looks perfect. I will let the the expert comment on the TA and CH.
I think you can adjust those after you clean up your pool.

You can shock your pool now. For CYA 40, bring the FC above 16 and hold it
there for a few days.
 

Linkon

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May 14, 2010
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Howell, MI
Thanks,
I just added 4 bottles (182 oz each) of 6% bleach from Walmart. Should I wait overnight to test the FC? Should I put the solar cover on right away or wait a few days?
 

Linkon

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May 14, 2010
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Howell, MI
Just checked
FC = 5
CC = 8

So I added 2 more bottles of bleach. I have 4 bottles left, should that get me through until tomorrow afternoon?
 

frustratedpoolmom

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Prob not...unless you want to run to the store. :)
Don't cover right now - shock levels deterioriate the cover faster...UV rays help destroy CCs.
You need to keep shocking until the CC is .5 or less.
 

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