So I've been getting my new pool's water's chemistry going and have been trying to follow the TFP way of doing things.
The PB is one of the big builders that has their own chemicals and pool stores. They provided some chemicals to get me going, along with a recommended guide of which chemicals to use and when to use them. Of course, I'm sure that they're doing this so that I become reliant on their chemicals and keep purchasing them.
I wanted to point out a things that they are recommending for me to do, and get your opinions of whether or not I should be doing them. Here's what they're saying:
- Shock with 1 lb. of "Super Pool Treat" per 10,000 gallons of water, every other week. It also says to shock when water begins to look dull or cloudy. Am I right that I shouldn't worry about shocking the pool, unless I have any issues with the water? Or is it good to do this every now and then? I've just been using regular Clorox bleach to maintain the Cl level.
- Add "Pro-60 Algaecide" weekly. Is this a good practice? Or unnecessary?
- Add 5 oz of "Les Iron" every other week, to prevent mineral staining and scaling. Is this a good practice?
- Use "PH Down" to lower PH. I've just been using Muriatic Acid - isn't that the better way to go?
- As far as Cl goes, it says to maintain 1 to 3 ppm for the first 14 days (which I just passed) - then it says to maintain it at 0.4 to 0.6 ppm - that sounds very low...maybe a typo? (as another piece of literature they provided me with said to keep it at 1 to 3 ppm after 14 days) I've been trying to keep it around 2 (figuring that's a good mid-point), as I want to make sure the water is bacteria-free, but I'm also trying to avoid the Cl smell and eye sting (will keeping it around 2 even do that?).
By the way, how often should I test the water's CYA, TA and CH? I already tested them all and the levels were good - I'm just not sure how often to test them. Only when I suspect an issue? Or are there recommended time intervals?
FYI - we have a SWG but the PB is recommending that we don't start that up until the spring (since we'll be closing the pool next month for the winter).
Thanks for any advice and info!