I am so thankful for this forum and your expertise!! Thank you.
We just moved in a month ago and pool was here. 16x32 = 32,000 gallons i believe (8ft deep end/3ft shallow end) hayward 90 sq ft cartridge filter and 1 1/2 hp pump. Also a chlorine feeder that i have some 3" tabs in but will remove if i should. (its turned down low)
Went through the first month with the pool store back and forth over $500 in expenses (even more with the pool school included), different answers from each place. Water was good, but then went cloudy after all the HTH and i haven't completely got it back. I was told my biggest problem is that this cartridge filter is too small for this size pool. I seem to believe that because i had to clean these cartridges so quickly as the pressure rises and the jets slow down badly. Just put a brand new cartridge in and the pool is doing much better. Still not fully clear in the deep end.
I want to begin with Bleach and the other products i may need. Here are the results from my first test -
FC = 3
CC = 1
TC = 4
TA = 110-120
PH = 7.2 (looked to match up color really close... but remember its my first time using a real test)
CYA = 35-40 (maybe i'm ok leaving the chlorinater on for a bit to raise the CYA)
Calc says 332 oz. to raise the PPM to 8. I'm thinking i should raise to 6-8 and keep it around there. But should i do anything else?
I think with just staying on top of the cartridges and this, the pool will clear up. That being said... were they right about the filter needing to be changed to sand or DE? I'm ready to do that for next spring if it will save me this hassle of cleaning cartridges 2x week.
Please advise away! Remember i'm completely new to pools so anything i said thats off please let me know.