Pool finished in November but we didn't know to check the water before now. I hope in the interim no damage was done? Did our first test a week ago and the initial readings (per pool store, but I just ordered our own test kit last night):
Free Avail Chlorine-3.31
Cyanuric Acid- 8
Total Dissolved Solids-1005
Saturated Index- -2.4
So we were told to add: 25 pounds Alkalinity (1/2 one day, 1/2 another day)
1.5 pounds pH Down
25 pounds Calcium Hardness (1/2 one day, 1/2 another day; Not same day as Alkalinity)
4 pounds Cyanuric Acid
Because I was adding so many chemicals, I assumed that running the pump around the clock would be a good thing to help mix this soup up. Who knew (not me!) that the SWCG would also be kicking out chlorine. It was running at 30%, by the way.
So, after adding all this over a few days time we now have what looks to be bits of white precipitate (salt, I think) floating on the bottom of the pool but thankfully easy to vacuum up (another new skill I'm perfecting, yay me!) and today's pool store water test says:
Free Avail Chlorine-15.14 (holy cow!)
Total Alkalinity-261 (pool guy says "I told you to put in too much")
Cyanuric Acid- 10 (pool guy says "I should have told you to put in 6 pounds, so add 2 more")
Total Dissolved Solids-1100
Saturated Index- 0.5
So he says to put 2 more pounds of cyanuric acid in, which I've not done yet, turn the SWCG down to 20% (to run 12 min per hour, he says) and to stay out of the pool until the chlorine is down. I've got the cover retracted to allow the sun to help burn off some of this chlorine so I wonder if besides running the SWCG too much, does having a cover on require me to change how I add chemicals? Also what does the "Total Dissolved Solids" and "Saturated Index" mean?
Any input here or suggestions? Thank you in advance!