Hello. I was hope today and the pool guy stopped by to check on a small leak at the filter. I took the opportunity to pick his brain about testing and balancing my pool water since he took care of the pool last year (I started doing it myself this year).
Other than the fact that he looked like he just smoked a bowl in his truck, our conversation proceeded as follows:
Me: My CYA level is between 90 and 100, so I need to amp up my FC to around 10 or so per the calculator on the Troublefree Pool website
Pool guy: Dude, like, yo man, every pool is different and you don't need to worry about CYA
Me: But I thought that CYA affects how the chlorine sanitizes the pool
Pool guy: Dude, I work on pools with crazy high levels of CYA, and I keep the FC at 2.5 or so and don't have problems. Every pool is different.
Me: But I thought at my CYA level, I need to keep my FC at around a 10
Pool guy: Like, yo, dude, at a 10 level that chlorine will, like, eat at your skin and cause a rash. Don't you know the skin is the body's largest organ?
Me: But I am concerned about the sanitation level of the pool
Pool guy: Dude, so long as you can see the bottom drains of the pool clearly, your water is fine and you are good to go. Don't worry about CYA, dude
Does anyone have any comments? Am I getting too crazy over CYA, dudes and dudettes?