Hello everyone and happy 4th. I'm glad to have this holiday weekend to finally try and get on top of things including the pool. I ordered the TF Kit last week and it just came in yesterday. I had a pool about 8 years ago but now I'm trying to relearn everything.
The pool is in ground, pebbletec. Around 13000 gallons. I don't have an exact measurement yet but the pool is rectangular 23' by 13.8' with an avg depth of 49". Also has a couple shallow shelves.
It's a SWG pool, but the salt cell wasn't working properly until I cleaned it out a few days ago.
Here's the story:
We just bought this house 3 weeks ago and moved in last weekend. Former owner let the pool go a bit before moving out. He felt bad, took water sample to pool store, and got a host of chemicals to throw in right before closing. Based on the paper he left, here is a list of what was done:
- Lower pH 2 pts (I assume he added a couple gallons of Muriatic Acid)
2 Packets algae treatment
6 gallons chlorine
When we got the keys, I noticed the salt cell wasn't working so I got a floater and some tablets (ya i know). The tablets were 3" dual layer with thichloro-s-triazinetrione (70%) and Sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione (15%) and OTHER (15%). Over the last couple weeks we've burned through about 8 of these.
Water looks blue, but it is definitely a bit cloudy, especially at night in the light. We do have a lot of calcium (thought it was salt at first) buildup on the waterline and in the fountain fixtures. Here are the test results:
- FC 5.5, CC .5, TC 6[/*:m:gwo18eup]
- pH 8[/*:m:gwo18eup]
- TA 150[/*:m:gwo18eup]
- CH 1460 (This is where it just started to get a decent blue tint and my patience was growing thin waiting for it to turn). I also tested the fill water and it is 420.[/*:m:gwo18eup]
- CYA 20[/*:m:gwo18eup]
- Salt 4300 (aqua chk strip), 3800 (according to aqua rite readout)[/*:m:gwo18eup]
So I would guess Salt and CH require partial draining of the pool, which is kind of a problem for me since the backyard is not really that big and there is really nowhere to drain. Any tips on that?
With a fill water CH of 420, am I going to have this same problem again and again? What are the options here? Do they sell a filter I can add to the fill line?
Also I'm guessing to lower pH and TA and raise CYA. Any suggestions to the order of attacking these things?
Thanks for any help you can provide.