I just moved into a new house and this is my first pool. I've been reading the forum and ordered a TF-100 kit right away. It came in yesterday and this evening I was able to do all of the tests. When I moved into the house, I had a pool inspection done to make sure things were in line and what I found out was whoever was taking care of the pool (local guy) was doing a poor job and basically running the filter pump at full speed for 8 hours a day and half speed the other 16. I'm fairly sure the pump never shut off for weeks, if not months. He also found the chemistry was out of whack, even though the water was pretty clear and seemed ok.
I've been in the house for about 10 days now and its obviously in need of help. While it started out pretty clear, it's getting pretty cloudy and since getting the test kit, I now have numbers to work from.
A little about the pool: Its a mostly rectangular in ground with pebble sheen, shallow end is 3.5ft going down to 6ft. According the a pool volume calculator, I have about 10,500 gallons. It is filled from city water here in El Dorado Hills, CA. I have an Aqua-logic PS-8 controller, a Pentair Intelli-flo 1.25HP variable speed filter pump, Heyward cartridge filter, a 3/4 HP Hayward 5060 booster pump connected to the Polaris sweep, and a SWG. The system also has solar on the roof but that booster pump does not work, and a 1.5 HP Heyward pump for the waterfall. Currently, the Aqua-logic is saying "Check system No Cell Power"
I went through all the tests from the kit tonight and these are the numbers I got:
Chlorine - basically none
P.H. - 8.2+
Free Chlorine - .5 PPM
Calcium - 300 PPM
TA - 270
CYA - basically 0
According to the sheet, the calcium is the only thing remotely close to normal. The water is getting cloudier by the day and I could use some pointers to get everything back in line.