We enjoyed our first summer with our pool and had it closed 6 weeks ago. The PB included the first year closing in the contract which was fine since they also had to install the cover. I was even pleased to see the service company guy using what appeared to be a Taylor-style kit to test the water (although he was dropping in the reagents way too fast for anybody to count accurately). He came back with wildly different numbers than I had been getting all summer (CH 250 vs 500 by my testing, TA 30 vs 50). Before I could stop them, they added some proprietary sauce to raise the alkalinity.
I tested the water today (6 weeks after closing) and got:
FC 2.5 (maintained between 6.5-8.0 all summer via SWG with CYA 60-70)
pH 8.2+++ (off the charts)
CYA did not test but was 60-70 at closing
I was hoping for some help with a few questions:
- How often should I be testing the water while the pool is closed?
- How does one add chemicals (especially MA) without the benefit of the pool pump to circulate the water?
- We had been adding acid all summer as the new plaster kept the pH rising. Do I need to worry about the pH continuing to rise and damaging the pool/plaster?
- Am I correct in ignoring the FC since the water is <60 degrees F?