I've been on the forums since we started looking at the house we just bought (we closed yesterday) and it has a pool. I've had my test kit TF100XL for a couple weeks and have been testing the water a few times during the close process. The previous owner had a pool company manage the pool and they used pucks in a floater (aptly named) and serviced the pool 1x per week.
I ran a full battery of tests today and here are the results:
CH: 400 - This one was tricky. I should have got a speed stir. May be inaccurate/high.
The FC yesterday was about 18 and it was a scorcher in Tulsa OK today 95+F and 110 heat index. The sun was out bright and both days CC tested 0 with no hint of pink. This evening, I did add a half gallon of Clorox (got it from costco for 9.15 for 3 gals) and pool math indicates this gets me about a 4 point rise in FC.
The sand filter gauge (i have a new one on hand from TFTESTKITS) needs replaced and reads 22psi. I backwashed for 3 minutes today and the pressure was not affected. THis kind of worries me but I remember when I cleaned out the pump basket the filter gauge didnt return to 0 so I'm not taking any stock in the reading. I need to pick up some teflon tape tomorrow and will install the new gauge once I have the tape on hand for proper install. I suspect this filter has been neglected and needs a good deep cleaning.
A few questions:
- There is a drain looking thing on the side of the pool, at about 2.5' depth in the deepest section of the pool, that I am not sure what it is. (This is my first pool). Is this simply a suction or inlet? There is also a drain at bottom of pool and 1 skimmer.
- There seems to be some silt or dust on the bottom of the pool. I brushed today and added chlorine afterwards. I assume this is just dirt from recent storms and such? Should I vacuum this up? The water is fairly clear but I'd say its a shade or two away from TFP Sparkle clear.
- When I first started looking at the house and had an inspection, there was a considerable algae problem. The pool company somehow got rid of it. I pulled the pucks and have been watching FC and CC since we closed. Is it okay to keep the chlorine above the recommended range, but below SLAM range, or is this just wasteful? The recent algae problem makes me think I need to be a bit more aggressive, and I also suspect the dust/silt may be algae remnants. However, CC IS 0.... Maybe I need to do a SLAM anyway until the dust and such goes away?
A bit of a rambling post, but any thoughts and/or suggestions?