Brand new pool owner here, my pool was completed a little over a month ago and was maintained by a pool guy for free for the first month. Unfortunately I have not been testing the water (and double checking his work), so anyway this is my first week taking over maintenance.
I just did my first test this morning, and it seems that a lot of my numbers are very off from what is recommended here (was the pool guy asleep at the wheel?)..
I have read through Pool School and looked at the pool calculator and have a general idea of what I need to (sounds like Muriatic acid, cyanuric acid and aeration in my future!) but wanted to get a 2nd opinion and understand what is the right order and timing of doing things.
Pool is located in Phoenix (will Gilbert) arizona (as most of you know, its usually peaking at around 105 or so everyday and tons of sun).
Its an inground concrete pool with Stonescape (Pebbletec?) interior.
I also have a SWG system. My pool pump is a 2 speed 1.5 HP and I also have three water scuppers and an in floor cleaning system.
Anyway, here are my results..
If I did my homework right it sounds like I need to do the following
* Lower FC by reducing my SWG Run time (currently my pump runs around 8 hrs a day with 50% SWG timer)
* Lower PH to 7.0-7.2 by adding muriatic acid, so it can help me lower TA
* Increase PH back up by aerating with my water feature
* Add cyanuric acid to increase CYA.
Does this sound right? Also a related question, since I have water features in my pool and generally use them for a few hours a week, am I constantly going to struggle with my PH (and TA?) numbers? If so, what is the recommended solution (other than constantly adding muriatic acid?).