Disclaimer: I am a new pool owner and am weening myself from pool stores. That being said, my local pool store is pretty legit and I trust them...
I went in today to get some new cyanuric acid reagent for my test kit and spoke with my favorite salesman. He asked where I'd been and I told him them I was doing things on my own. I'm pretty proud as my pool is "in the pocket," so to speak, and all of my levels appear to be on par with what they should be after reading this site and using the pool calculator. Anyhow, he asked what my levels are and I told him:
He was shocked, SHOCKED, that my FC was 9. He said it should be around 1-3. I told him that my understanding was that the more CYA I had, the more chlorine I needed to maintain its effectiveness. No, no, no, he said, maybe in Europe, where people are dirtier. Check the Taylor Technologies website, its the industry standard, he said.
So I did, and lo and behold, that's what it says (not about Europe, but about the recommended levels). Now I'm confused...
Add to this, yesterday, my wife takes our son to the local water slide park. I ask her what the water looked like and whether it was chlorine-y. She said it looked great and that our pool is more chlorine-y then the park's. Huh? (Keep in mind, she's hyper sensitive about these things.)
And all this time, I thought I was on target.
Question: My pool looks good. Would the world come crashing down if I let it go to 1-3 ppm for a little bit? What do the collective pool geniuses think?
PS Here's a pic of our dog beating the heat.