Hi. I finally got my TF100 early! Now I can get down to the nitty gritty of my pool and finally get rid of the horrible-looking water once and for all! >: )
I want to make this thread the whole process with me asking questions (since it's all one giant process, also because I feel like I would be spamming the forum with 300 threads otherwise) along every step of the way, from testing, to balancing the chemicals, and finally the SLAM process. First question - do I need to run the pump for a bit before I can accurately use the kit? My pool's been standing still for two days straight now and when I did the test I feel like I got horrible results.
FC = 0
CC = 0
TA = 70
CH = 150
CYA < 20
pH > 8.2
Cl = 0
Br = 0
The pH especially looks like a terrible value. I'd estimate it to be 8.4 based on the color tone difference. I got the pool water from 2ft below the surface just as the instructions advised but I still think I did stuff wrong. Also, the CYA test - even when I filled up the tube completely I still saw the black dot, through it was dim. Does it have to disappear completely? I'm gonna wait until tomorrow morning and retest after the pump had run through the night in case that was a problem, but I want to know if that's what made the test come out pretty badly or is it just incredible ineptitude with measuring and/or just terrible chemical balance.
Another thing to point out - there's a leaking pipe in the skimmers. I stuck gizmos in both of them and the water level finally stayed. Covering just one or the other still leaks so I know it's gotta be the connecting pipe. Would I have to keep the skimmers open for the SLAM? How important are they? I can keep filling up the pool daily with water for the SLAM but doing it every day for the whole summer is gonna be costly with the water expenses. Pretty sure digging up the broken pipe and sealing it back up wouldn't be any cheaper at the moment either and we're tight on money.
I'll post pics of the pool once things start rolling. Thanks in advance!