I'm somewhat new to pool ownership. I moved from the Oregon coast last June and got my house in Mesa Arizona last July.
Absolutely love having a pool to cool off with but I have a few questions.
A couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to heat the pool but I didn't want to buy a conventional heater because of the cost both with buying the thing and of course all the energy it takes to heat a pool. I ended up buying a solar cover and I made some solar heaters. I quickly got the water temps to the mid 80's and I actually have to leave the heaters off most of the time or the water gets too warm. I'm thrilled with how well the solar heaters work.
Anyway, as I was heating up the water, I forgot to up the chlorine and ended up with a green pool. The pool store wanted to sell me all kinds of expensive stuff so I took your advice on here and I cleaned up the pool in a week or so. The water is clean, I can see the drain very well but the water isn't sparkling. If I turn on the light at night, the pool is a little cloudy. I have been brushing and vacuuming at least once a day to make sure all the algae is gone. I'm still getting a lot of stuff off the sides and bottom when I brush the pool. It looks like a fine dust when i'm brushing this.
Is this normal?
I've got a plaster pool built in the 80's. It's my understanding it was re-plastered a few years ago.
I tested my water this morning and here is what I came up with.
FC 2 to 4
TA is about 40
CH is about 400
CYA is kind of weird. A few days ago, I got 40 but I tested this morning and it was 90. What's up with that?
The water here in Mesa is extremely hard to begin with.
So is my water ok and am I doing ok on my pool stuff?
How often should I brush and vacuum the pool?
Thanks in advance for your input.