Hi everyone, I recently moved into a new house that has a plaster IG pool. I was told the pool was built in the 80's. Also, the owner "filled in" the deep end sometime in the early nineties so that his kids could have a "volleyball" pool, hence, the gallons are a bit lower for the dimensions. I was also told that the previous owner did his own plastering about 6 or 7 years ago, because he added these aquatic mosaics to the pool.
Now, the neighbor came by and was joking about our pool. He said that we would get white powder all over our feet after we took our first swim, the first indicator that I have a CH problem.
So, using my new TF-100 test kit in its awesome plano tackle box (I go fishing a lot), I performed all the tests included with it and these are my numbers.
CYA 130 (the black dot disappeared before I even reached the 120 mark!)
CH 1,125 (I put like 45 drops in that bad boy)
Furthermore, there are tiny bubbles coming out of the return jets! My home inspector noted that the pump is in good condition, along with the filter, but the pump clearly leaks. perhaps this is why there are bubbles?
Lastly, I hired a pool inspector to come and inspect my heater which won't turn on, and verify that the pool light is safe and that no corrosion to any wires has happened and that it is properly grounded and GFCI'd. I'm having him do this because the entire house has no GFCI outlets, and my electrician discovered that the circuit breaker isn't even grounded! wth?
So, I'm thinking I need to drain the entire pool (poolmath says 77%), acid wash the walls, or god forbid, hire someone to replaster it. That will be the first thing. While i'm at it, I would have to make the pump or filter air tight, and hopefully that isn't a big deal. THEN I can start messing with slamming the pool and getting her started up right. Sound good?
I know these are a ton of issues, and I apologize in advance, but that is why I'm excited to be here. I promise I'll contribute when I learn more