Hello. Newbie here and to pool anatomy in general. I just got my first house, and with it, my first pool. I've grown up with pools, but pool maintenance and mechanics were always taken care of by whatever service company my parents had procured. So now, I'm trying to learn all I can to best care for this pool!
I had a company run a water analysis, which yielded the following-
Total chlorine: 2 ppm
Free chlorine: 2 ppm
Ca Hardness: 130 ppm (now on day 2 of adding calcium hardness increaser to address this, with 1 more day remaining)
Stabilizer: 0 ppm (added 6 lbs of Stabilizer yesterday to address this)
Alkalinity: 50 ppm (will be addressing this after the hardness and stabilizer is corrected)
Total dissolved solids: 650 ppm
The pool is approximately 14000 gallons, in ground, freeform/kidney shaped, marcite/gurnite finish, with hottub attached and waterfalling into it. And living in florida, land of the mosquitos, it is also screened.
Now, I am at least semi comfortable following the instructions provided to me for the chemicals, but I noticed when brushing the pool that the little bit of dirt on the bottom didn't get sucked down by the bottom drain. The skimmer is working perfectly fine, as are the jets circulating the water in the pool, so I assume the pump itself is fine and it's a matter of levers/valves to 'turn on' that bottom drain...
Anyone have any insight for me on how to do that?
I'm including a pdf showing the pump and all the pipes if that helps!Screenshot_2016-04-03-13-00-49.jpgScreenshot_2016-04-03-12-54-21.jpgScreenshot_2016-04-03-12-59-11.jpgScreenshot_2016-04-03-13-00-56.jpg