Hey gang! I have a couple of questions. Here is a little backstory in case it is relevant. My pool was built last summer and I used pucks until my pool builder gave me pool school and "released" me. I switched to bleach and never looked back. I have maintained my pool with no issues using the TF-100 and the PoolMath Calculator. We don't "close" the pool - but during the winter - so I have been testing just like normal. Adding bleach daily or sometimes every other day - and there were a couple of weeks during Dec/Jan that my pool needed no chlorine for a LONG time. After the initial build time (where we had to add MA often) - I have only had to add it a few ounces at a time, maybe once a month to keep my PH below 7.9.
We have very hard water and my pool started off at about 300 CH and then crept up to 350 where it stayed since September. When I tested yesterday it was 400. A 50 point raise in less than a week - during rains? I am going to retest today- but I kind of believe it since in the past few weeks I have started getting calcium deposits on my rocks.
So that is the back story. Now to today . . . I have been using the "Traditional Pool" with Bleach settings on PoolMath to determine where I need to be numbers wise - but I would like to start this season by changing over and using the "Trouble Free" setting.
Here are my numbers (after adjusting yesterday)
CYA - don't ask - I will explain this below.
CSI - I have never used this - or really understood it - but I did some reading on here last night trying to see how best to switch over and realize this is important - especially since I am having calcium issues.
Pool Temp 64
I keep my numbers within the ranges - but the ranges for Trouble Free are different. AND since my CH is on the high side I have read that I need to keep things even lower.
I am not draining my pool - so from what I read on here from you chemical geniuses I need to keep my numbers a little different - can anyone help me figure that out? I am not good with math - I am good with testing and following the directions on PoolMath - but I am not confident on determining what my numbers should be based on the CSI reading and how to manage with a higher CH
*I have been reading my CYA as 100 pretty much from day 1. I ordered the CYA Standard Solution which should read at 50. Yeah - I read it at 100 too. I have tried over and over and I just can't get it right. Of course I can take it to 10 pool stores and get 10 vastly different answers. So I just don't know what to do with it. I assume it is somewhere around 50 since I can't tell a difference but seriously - I am not confident in anything CYA related right now.
Thanks in advance!