I am new to TFP and an owner of a “new to me” pool at a home that we just purchased. Luckily, I found this site a few weeks ago and I have spent many hours here learning as much as I could about how to care for my pool. I did have a pool guy come over and explain to me just how the pump works and cover some basic care items. He did encourage me to utilize his services weekly for a fee of course, but I assured him that I felt that I could probably handle it on my own.
Having read “The Stickies” more than once, much of it is making sense. However, there are a couple of things that I have questions about. There are two tests that I have seen mentioned on this forum that my test kit does not have. One is for calcium hardness and the other is for CYA.
As I understand it, CYA is present in the water if you add it all by itself or if you use trichlor based sanitizer. Since I use the 3” pucks, I suppose that I can assume that I have CYA in the water? Should I be testing for CYA levels? If so, how often?
Also, I have learned by reading the posts within that because my pool surface is plaster, I should be monitoring the calcium hardness. Today, I did pick up the three testing reagents for this test. How often should I test calcium hardness during the season?
Thank you in advance for all of your help. I am sure that I will have more questions. I just need to write them down so that I’ll remember them and be able to keep track of them!