Last year I was a newbie and managed to have pretty clear water all season. This year I knew I was in for a challenge because we did not have a cover and probably had an inch or 2 of leaves on the bottom of the deep end. I started the season by filling the pool to correct height and starting the filter up. I kept SWG off and let the filter work as I vacuumed and scooped leaves for a few days. I tested water with leftover strips from last year (i know, i know...) because I did not have a test kit. It showed high ph and prettly low CYA. I spent a day getting ph right and then added 2 4lb bottles of stabilizer trying to get my CYA up to around 60-70.
I had the local pool guys come out, mainly to aid in manual labor of raking up leaves because they said they had a better tool for the job. My wife called me alarmed because they said they tested my pool and CYA was through the roof > 100. Next day (last saturday) I took a sample to a different pool store and they did a test on my water (with test strips) that showed my CYA was fine ~60, ph was 7.5. I immediately ordered a TF100 kit because I did not know what was going on. Monday, I a took another sample into the first pool company and the owner tested with a Taylor2005 kit in front of me and it showed CYA around 100, so I went home and decided to await my test kit expecting to have to drain and dilute. In the meantime, they come out again to "clean" my pool and after barely doing anything I find out they tested an said my TA was low so they added something to raise. The TF100 kit came in yesterday and I tested:
FC = 0ppm
CC = .5ppm
ph = 7.5
TA = 200
CYA = 65
CH = did not test - vinyl
I felt better about the CYA but still confused on what exactly is going on and pretty ticked about the TA - which Im pretty sure was just a little low before they added something. I added 6 174oz jugs of 6% bleach to shock. This morning FC was at 17ppm so I add 2 more bottles of 6% bleach to try and get in the 24 range for CYA=65. I also turned on the SWG in superchlorinate for the
This evening I tested and results are:
FC = 14ppm
CC = 1 ppm
CYA = 65-70
CH = 180
ph = 7.5
TA = 200
I have 2 problems. First of all the entire top layer of the pool has developed a soapy-like foam the more bleach I add. (using walmart brand 6%)
Second, I believe the pool company screwed up and increased my TA way too high. I am continuing to vacuum and backwash.
Any advice would be appreciated.