New to the forum and could use a little help. It's been very liberating so far to no longer feel entirely dependent on the pool store and their sometimes questionable and inconsistent advice on water treatment. After buying a good test kit of my own and reading the basics on this forum, I was able to balance my water virtually overnight where I had been going back and forth with bad results using the pool store's advice. Anyway.........
My current readings are as follows:
FC = 2.4
CC = 0.4
TA = 70
pH = 7.5
CYA = 70
CH = 190
I just converted to a SWG this season. Once I finally got the stabilizer down to 70ppm and the salt at 3200ppm, I added three 96oz jugs of bleach as the Pool Calculator suggested. This brought my FC up to right at 5 and CC at 0.2-0.3 as of yesterday morning. I have the SWG set at 50%. We had some rain come through last night - I checked the water again this morning around 9am and the FC had dropped to 2.6 but the CC was still around 0.3-0.4ppm. I checked it again this afternoon around 4pm and it had dropped to 2.4 with the CC still at 0.4ppm. Is this consumption just due to the rainfall or do I just need to turn up the SWG? It is a cloudy day with temps only around 70deg.
Do I need to shock the pool?
Do I need to increase the SWG output?
If shocking is a good idea, I would like to clarify the super chlorinating shock method used on here - I just add the required amount of bleach to bring it up to 28ppm and keep it there checking the CC every hour or so until it drops to 0 then let the FC drop back down to normal levels? How long will it take the FC to drop back to below 5ppm?
Sorry for all the questions but I want to be sure I know what I'm doing here. Thanks for the awesome information on this forum!