so glad I found this side to keep me from making really bad mistakes right from the start. We had the pool installed this summer and I was doing ok with the help of this side, even though I was freaking out every time I had to add more than a teaspoon of anything for fear it would mess things up and turn the water cloudy
I have been reading on this side a lot and my husband tells me that I spent more time caring for the pool than swimming in it, which is probably true, but so far I think it's kinda fun. I feel I have a pretty good handle on things, mostly because I do an intense search on this side before putting anything in the pool. (including the vacuum). I bought the TF 100 to test the water.
When on vacation our friends cared for our pool the more "traditional" way and things are a little out of whack now.
Mainly the CYA is a bit on the high side (70). looks like they shocked it every other day-just to be sure- as well as on huge bag of baking soda to keep the water clear. Our pool is in direct sun from sunup to sundown and I have been keeping the FC between 5-7 now. It's been 5 weeks and the pool does look great.
I add about 1/2 gallon of 6% bleach every night which seems about right.
I really don't want to drain and hope that albeit slowly the CYA will go down due to refilling backwashing.... Also when I drain to winterize in the fall should be about right next season after adding water back in.
I added some Polyquad to be safe as well.
Also while the pH was always a little low it now tends to creep up to 7.8 all the time even though I lower it to 7.5 after a day or to it's back up. No waterfall or other water features running most of the time.
The TA is at 100 and I think if I keep lowering the PH it will eventually stabilize itself? Or should I lower the PH further and let the little sprinkler thingy get the PH up? Anyway I am a bit off topic since this forum is to introduce myself. I am as the name suggests german, mow living in the US, unfortunately the girl part of the name is simply a lie since I am just a little past the girlie years. I also apologize for all the mistakes I make since sometimes I am not in the mood to check all grammar and spelling it just takes longer than typing out the post, so bear with me.
A big big big thank you to this forum for educating me on pool care. I am sure I will be back with lots of questions in the future.
oh yea, test results (hope I did this right):