I bought some test strips the other day, to get an quick idea of where our water is at. I knew it wouldn't be pretty. Got a general idea that things we're looking like an up hill battle. Thought I'd go to the pool store to have a "free test" (I knew I had to buy metal out anyway).
Official numbers correspond pretty close to the strips...
TC = 0 obviously, it's tap water
FC = 0
PH = 8.2 YIKES!
TA = 205 YIKES! (already knew it was high)
CH = 325 YIKES! What do I do about this? Will I have scaling in my heater?
CYA = 0
Iron = 3.5 YIKES! (bought the meatal out stuff)
TDS = 500
So, she said to add the metal out stuff (can't think of the name, but it is by biogaurd). She said that product will tolerate the high PH and cold water temp better than ProTeam's product. BUT she said not to add the chlorine for 3 days or so until the metal is completely out. I realize with that much metal, the iron will combine with the chlroine and turn the water brown - pointless. So, I wait and then start working on the rest of this? In what order?
Would I want to get some stabilizer in there at the same time as the metal remover so when I start adding Chlorine, it won't disappear right away? Or will that interfere with the metal out product?
Thanks...I just want to do this right from the start. I will be ordering my test kit, soon.