My wife and I bought a home with a pool back in June, and have had a pool company taking care of it since we were living out of town at the time. I'm going to dump them at the end of September since it is our free month with them, but for what they charge, it is kind of a joke. Any way, here is a link to my initial thread: New to this pool thing I have some spotting that responded well to the Vitamin C test. The guys at the pool store suggested going with straight ascorbic acid, but I would have to drop my FC down below 1 first. It was also suggested that I try a black algae killer, so now I don't know which route I should take.
I brought a sample of my water out of the fill to have it tested like some suggested. I am going back tomorrow to get a Polaris (stay tuned for that thread) so I will also have them test my water in the pool. Here is what comes out of the hose and goes into the pool:
Free Available Chlorine: 3ppm "OK"
Total Available Chlorine: 3ppm "OK"
Calcium Hardness: 70ppm "Low"
Cyanuric Acid: 20ppm "Low"
Total Alkalinity: 140ppm "High"
pH: 8 "High"
Acid Demand: 2
Total Dissolved Solids: 250 "OK"
Phosphates: 500ppb "High"
He highlighted the Calcium, CYA, Total Alkalinity, pH, and Phosphates as troublesome areas. Like I said, this is virgin water, and I will bring pool water in tomorrow.
If you clicked into my previous thread, you see the test kit the previous owners left. It didn't have CYA or Calcium, so today I grabbed those two reagents not thinking. Once I got home I realized I have no idea what to do with them, and what scale to compare the colors against. Any ideas on that?
Thanks in advance.