Boy am I glad I found this site! I've done a lot of reading and ordered some things for my new pool, including a Taylor K-2006 test kit (arriving Tuesday). As I wait for this pre-testing limbo to be over, what should I be doing?
Here's the deal: the previous owners were gone for about two weeks before we moved in. They had weekly service from a fairly reputable and highly rated pool company 'round these parts. So the water looks pretty much as I would expect it to--clear to the bottom, blue, your typical poolish water. However, it's been super hot for these past two weeks as well, and so the amount of water in the pool has gone down a fair amount (like proably 2-3 inches). It's still above the skimmer, but I'm worried if I wait too much longer it'll keep dropping and if that happens I would imagine the pool pump would flip out and explode or something (am I being dramatic? ).
So you say, add water you idiot, duuuuh. The other thing is that they have one of those floating chlorine tab things in the water. I've read here that these increase the amount of CYA in the water, which could apparently mean I'd have to drain water from the pool and refill. I'd really prefer not to waste the water and increase my utilities bill if at all possible.
So what would you do? I guess I could shut the pump off for the next few days, but something tells me that'd be a bad idea. Or I suppose I could add just a smidge of water, so if I end up having to drain it wouldn't be as bad on the environment/wallet.
About the pool:
-The pool is relatively small, about 12' x 28', and more or less rectangular. I'm estimating a little under 12k gallons using the PoolMath applet.
-The inspection report we previously got says it's gunite (is that a form of concrete?)
-not a SWG pool
The previous owners left nothing but one of those deep bottom-trawling nets. I've read that I should also invest in a brush and vacuum for the pool. While I'd really want something more automated (we have a Roomba in the house and looove it), I can't justify the expense right now. But I don't even know how the vacuums would work. Is there supposed to be some free hose coming from the pool equipment setup that I'm missing? Is it likely that they just skimped on the installation and I don't have that feature? If so, is there a recommended vacuum that does not require any interface/hookup with the pool at all?
Thanks everyone! Looking forward to reading your responses, getting this stuff sorted, and getting to the swimming!