I am new to the boards. I moved to my house a few years ago & the house has a pool (47x21 - 40,000 gallons) with a spa. I am surprised on how much i enjoy the pool/hot tub. Anyway the last few years my focus has been on fixing the house & I am now getting focused more on the pool. The previous owners had a pool company maintain the pool weekly & I have continued that tradition.
This year I have been becoming more & more interested in the pool. I am somewhat handy & ordered / installed the Jandy IAqualink kit (2 years ago). It has been great to control from my phone.
Anyway this year i have been spending time cleaning out the skimmers, playing with chemicals. Basically trying to do some work on the pool to get more familiar with it.
Today the pool guys were at the house & I was working from home so I went to talk to them. I asked to see them do the water test & the guys didnt have a kit on them (maybe it was in the van) so I offered my kit. I have strips & a liquid kit.
So we measure the chorine which was OK, then we measured PH which was a bit low (6.8). The instructions in my kit said:
To raise from 6.8 @ 20,000 gallon pool - add 4.8 pounds (so I would expect a 40,000 gallon pool to double it). The pool guy said to just put a 3 cups of PH increaser in the pool. This suggests that I need to add less than 10 pounds.
Then we looked at Alkalinity & the PPM showed at 50. So the paperwork I had said with a 20,000 pool to raise it 10ppm you need a 2.8 pound bag, so I would need 5.6 pounds for each PPM raised. So if i need to raise it 50ppm to get to 100, then I would expect i need 28 pounds? Is that right as it sounds like a lot.
the pool guy said I didnt need that much but to add things slowly.
Then he said I could use baking soda to raise the Alkalinity. With research online it sounds right to me. Then more shows i can use something off the shelf to raise PH.
Then I found you guys and I am READY to learn!
Love this place already!