We just finished our brand new inground pool a few weeks ago. We have a SWG, but we have not yet hooked that up based on the recommendation of our pool contractor (he suggested it is a waste of salt since we'll be lowering the pool for to close it for the winter shortly - we will start using the SWG when we open the pool in the spring). Instead he just gave us a bucket of chlorine pucks to use until closing time. We plan to close the pool in approx 2 weeks.
I just did my first test with my Taylor K-2006 testing kit. We are off on a number of factors (not surprisingly, I suppose) and so I am looking for advice on how I should balance the pool given that we will be closing it in two weeks. Here are my readings:
CYA: almost nothing? I used the test and could see clear to the black dot on the bottom of the testing tube even when it was full.
I have used the "pool tool" calculator to determine what chemicals need to be added, but given we are so close to closing and this is all brand new to us, thought I would put it out to the group for some advice.
Also, FYI, we have purchased a winterizing pool kit to help with the closing. I know TFP doesn't generally recommend these kits, but thought for the sake of time and our lack of experience, we would use one for this first year only. This is what we purchased from specialty pool products (Winter Chemical Closing Kits - Small, Standard, Large and Ultimate Kit
The Ultimate Kit" (up to 35,000 gallons)
Our Ultimate Kit features the power of Natural Chemistry's Metal Free, & Pool Magic that both work hard to protect against staining & discoloration, using a natural enzyme-based formula.
- 1 Liter Natural Chemistry Metal Free
- 3 Lbs. Chlorine-Free Shock
- 1 Floater w/ 4 Lbs. Chlorine-Free Oxidizer
- 1 Liter Natural Chemistry Pool Magic Spring & Fall w/ Phos-Free
- 1 Winter Sorb
Standard Kit (up to 15,000 gallons)
- 2 Lbs. Chlorine-Free Shock
- 1 Floater w/ 2.5 Lbs. Chlorine-Free Oxidizer
- 1 Qt Winterizing Algaecide
- 1 Qt Winter Stain Away
- 1 Winter Sorb
Thanks in advance for your help!