As a scuba instructor I have a reasonable amount of experience in testing and maintaining pools and basic understanding of chemistry but have always dealt with water that was for the most part already in balance. We recently moved into the pool house on a larger estate that has been mis-managed and is now in need of some help. I volunteered to take over as I will be using it daily and value my own skin! I'd also like to get my newborn baby in the pool sometime over the next month or two and am also conscious that our landlords' young kids would also like to get in ASAP...
I took two samples down to Leslie's -- before and after attempts to balance pH -- and my primary concerns are Free Available Chlorine levels at zero, with high Total Combined levels (3-to-5 before/after). These are the latest readings:
- FAC: 0
- TAC: 5
- CYA: 100
- TA: 80
- pH: 7.2
- TDS: 1000
- Pho: 200
My plan is to:
- Clean filter since I have no clue when that was last done
- Top off the pool since it is a little low and I think this will lower CYA
- Purchase a testing kit and SLAM!
My Questions are:
- Does that sound like a good plan?
- How much liquid chlorine might I need to purchase in advance?
- What would be the best testing kit for SLAM (I see something about FAS-DPD but also some dead links)?
- Any ideas how long pump should run and at what speed?
Many many thanks in advance!