First - let me thank you very much for the wonderfully awesome community you have here. My wife and I recently moved into a new home (last weekend) with an in-ground pool and no pool knowledge whatsoever. I've been reading a lot over the last few days and took a sample of water in to get tested (test kit is in the mail...). I know I've got to do something, and I'm looking for a little guidance/validation of my plan.
- Free Chlorine = 0ppm
- Total Alkalinity = 180ppm
- pH = 8.4
- Cyanuric Acid = 30ppm
- Calcium Hardness = 150ppm
On the advice of a helpful neighbor I had them test the phosphate level as well - came out at 500ppb.
Obviously I need get the FC way up, and bring the pH down. Does one of those come before the other? I added a scoop of "Omni pH Decreaser" before coming in for the night. I'm heading to the pool store in the morning to pick-up liquid chlorine and was planning to dump at least one of them into the pool tomorrow night.
Am I on the right track?