I am brand new to this site and owning a pool. My fiancee and I just purchased a home with an inground pool and we are taking on cleaning the servicing the pool ourselves. Since this is brand new to us we went to the local pool store to have our water tested and not sure if I trust the results. One of the main reasons are when I was there I was the 3rd person in line waiting for there water to be tested and all 3 of us had way to high chlorine 10 (which I thought was strange that the two people in front of me had the same result in chlorine) So the lady behind the counter was telling be because my chlorine was way to high it could throw off all my other numbers so she recommend using a chlorine neutralizer if we were planning on using the pool this week or wait a week to have the water retested. I choose to go with waiting the week as we dont really use the pool during the week. So when I tell her that she then tells me my phosphates are way too high 1000 and I need to buy a phosphate neutralizer to lower that, ( Not sure what happened to waiting as the chlorine can make all my numbers off) So I told her that I would wait until I had my water retested.
My question is should I trust the pool store testing service or try and learn to do it myself? it seems very intimidating testing the water. Any help or suggestion would be great.
Has anyone used the Pool Testing machines at Walmart HTH water tester?
here are my test results if anyone can give me an insight on what they mean.
Free Available Chlorine - 10
Total Available Chlorine - 10
Calcium Hardness - 200
Cyanuric Acid - 250
Total Alkalinity - 90
pH - 7.7
Copper - 0
Iron - 0
Total Dissolved Solids - 3000
Phosphates - 1000
If anyone has any advice or suggestion I would be greatly appriecated.