Good Afternoon everyone.
I am new to pool owner ship, only 2 months. Not sure how well the pool was taken care of with the previous owner. I have the following test kit on order "TF-100 TFTestkit 100 FAS-DPD" However it hasn't arrived yet we are looking about about something next week. So I am using the test kit the owner left with the pool kit. It is a HTH test kit (kit does 6 way testing) and strips.
My chemical results are below. My concern was I had my water tested at Leslie pools 3 weeks ago with extremely high chlorine and CYA levels and have not added any chlorine to my pool since then and it doesnt see like my chlorine level is not coming down. I know from this site I need to drain half the pool to try and get my CYA back under control just haven't had the time to do that yet. (looking for a place that will deliver 4000 gallons and haven't found it yet)
I know the old owner was using Chlorine tablets in the pool and I am switching over to liquid Chlorine.
I have backflushed the pool to make sure the filter was clean and the water that came out of it wasnt dirty at all.
Could the test kit I am using be that wrong? The pool water is not cloudy or hazy, it seems clear. Does not really have a chlorine smell anymore like it use to when we first moved in. I know the previous owner was using 3 tablets in the skimmer as they had it written on the container.
Any suggestion on how I can get my chemicals back in control?
Chlorine - well over 5 from the gauge. My test water for the chlorine is almost a violet color, if I use the test strips I get a 10/20 results.
PH - is between 7.5 and 7.8
Alkaline - is 430 ppm if I use the test strips it says it is 180 ( when testing with the drops the water never turns red it only turns Yellow. The number I recorded 430 was the 43 drop is when it turned yellow). I redid the test and got the same results I kept going to see if the color would change to red and stopped at 70 drops.
Hardness - with the drops is not present (water does not turn red when I added the 5 drops) if I use the test strip it is over 800
CYA - with drops is really bad I added 30 drops to the test tube and the black dot wasnt visible.
Pool is 8000 gallon, DE hayward filter.