Quick background: Our small 8,000 gallon pool was filled 16 days ago. The builder is taking care of the water for the first 30 days, which so far has consisted of people stopping by to pour in muriatic acid and throw pucks in the skimmer. No actual testing of the chemistry has been done that I’ve seen, and we’ve been here during every visit.
We had to evacuate due to the hurricane. The pool equipment was off from Wednesday night to Saturday afternoon. We immediately cleaned the leaves out and vacuumed when we got home, and I poured in one bottle of plain bleach on Saturday as well, just to give it a boost.
The manufacturer of the finish says not to turn on the heat or the SWG until alkalinity and Ph are stable, and the plan is to wait to do that for 30 days from the fill date anyway. All good there.
The manufacturer also says to maintain the alkalinity at 70 ppm and PH between 6.5 and 7 but not above for the first month, ideally at the low ends of “standard” chemistry ranges. CYA should be 40 to 60. Note that I got that info from the manufacturer’s website, not the pool guys.
So, here are the test results from my first test this morning. I don’t have calcium hardness numbers yet, because I was unclear on the first results of that and was getting ready to repeat it when it started pouring down rain. I’ll wait until later today to do that. During the first test, however, the color never changed beyond a light-ish purple/pink.
CYA: between 30 and 40
PH: doesn’t even register on the lowest measurement
I’m ready to take over the management of the chemistry from the pool builder’s team (and I expect they’ll be fine with that; they’re really nice and cooperative). Now I just need some help understanding what I have here. Thanks in advance for your wisdom!
P.S. I have a full photographic record of our build, and will post a build thread soon
P.P.S. Edited to add: We aren't swimming yet. Visually, the water is very clear. Water temp is 74.