This is my first post and I'm so appreciative of your expertise and the friendly community!
I decided to stop having my water tested at X pool store and buying their chemicals. I bought the suggested Taylor kit and have read a lot of posts on this site. I have learned so much!
We never got a good lesson on caring for a salt water pool. Our pool is 9 years old. We were told to only worry about the PH and salt level. We cover the pool in the winter and it runs at 1300 rpms 24 hrs a day just to move the water. Unfortunately, we let the PH stay high and never had the water tested so I have scaling, stains and etched plaster. I'm looking at new plaster or acid wash at the least this Fall. Thought maybe this would be a good time to learn about caring for a salt water pool.
Pump runs 1300rpm for 1 hour to start pool
3125 rpm for 5 hours in the morning. Run Polaris for 1 HR during this time. Some days it's doesn't need to run at all.
2750 rpm 4 hrs during afternoon
Trying to reduce electricity demand During the day. Used to run 3125 the whole time.
Currently my #'s tested at 5:00pm today, water temp ~88-90.
CH 310....keep putting calcium chloride in, hard to raise
BOR 10..... Just got the kit and will buy Boric acid soon.
Salt....that's the problem. Taylor kit shows 3800? Tested twice. Maybe it's a fluke? My display reads 3100. I have not added salt since mid May.
So, I could use some tweaking. Emptying the pool of water to lower salt is not an option right now. I have to top it every other day due to evaporation. I'd like to change the pump schedule/rpm if possible to lower cost.
Also, and this is for folks who are in the planning stages of building a salt water pool. DO NOT get Oklahoma flagstone. It's too soft! I don't know if we got sold or this issue was just becoming known when pool builders were building salt water pools 9 years ago.I have sealed the stone 3-4 times in 9 years. 3 years ago we started rinsing the pool deck after swimming. I can't even enjoy my pool b/c when the kids run across the flagstone it flakes off into the pool! I sit there watching the saltwater dry on it in the hot sun. I want to hose the deck with each splash but I end up screaming silently while they play. So I took a putty knife to the loose flagstone before sealing it once again(the pic). I'll be replacing this along with the plaster. Not happy.