Hello! Just fired my pool guy last week for various reasons not the least of which was to save money and now I'm a DIYer. I just tested my water with a TF 100 Kit and the results below. Also below I've outlined a large staining problem. Any help with that would be appreciated.
FC - 10
CC - 3
PH 6.8 (might be a little lower it was very light)
Borates - I don't know what these are....
So the chlorine is too high and the PH is too low and the calcium is way high. The pool store where I used to test my water always said my calcium was high and wanted me to use one kind of shock over another. Here's what I have in my 'arsenal':
Triclor 3" silk tabs - (2 in each skimmer total of 4)
Balancer/ Scale Inhibitor (Have not used this year)
Inhibit/algae 60 (have not used this year)
Muriatic Acid - used two weeks ago to get PH down as it was almost 8 (guess we overdid it!)
Burnout 35 shock (haven't used for a few weeks as I was trying out the Clorox)
Clorox -used 1/2 gallon this AM as the test strips (before TF 100 arrived) showed zero chlorine after a heavy rain last night
Remedy/Pool Magnet Plus (Pool Guy sold me and he used it a few weeks ago to supposedly get rid of the stains - I just put an ounce in this AM after rain increased water level maybe 1/2 inch or so)
Improve /polysheen Blue (used just this AM - ditto above)
The water is really clear - crystal- and really nice. However, the clearer it got the more a large stain looking like dark tire tracks on a light pavement appeared. I have had these stains before and they are in the same spot and now getting worse. The pool guy said they were metal stains because we have well water. Not sure about that as the water in the pool is mostly rain and snow water. I never have to fill the pool up when we open the pool. Most years I have to drain some off. Would a picture of the stains help?
Thank you very much!