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    First test results, water looks perfect

    I got my TFTest kit last night. Today was my first ever pool test. I thought the directions were easy to understand and everything seemed to go well.

    For those who didn't see my intro thread, I fired my pool guy after constant black and green algae problems. He was constantly using pucks and bags of dichlor. I did a drain and refill two weeks ago before I found this site.

    From this morning:
    pH 7.8
    FC 3.5
    CC 0.5
    TA 130
    CH 260 (turned lavender) tap water was 120 as a comparison
    CYA 20

    I have been using bleach and test strips before today to check for chlorine.

    First thing I see is I need to raise CYA to at least 50. I have a SWG that has not been used since we moved in 1.5 years ago. Last pool guy said it wasn't maintaining FC high enough so he turned it off. Who knows, I need to take the cell off and clean it.

    Second thing is, FC and CC look reasonable, water is crystal clear.

    TA and pH are a bit high. I will use some muriatic acid and aeration on that.

    My CH test turned lavender and not blue at 260. Is that a fading endpoint or ok?

    Anything I missed? Thanks!

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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    Your CH result sounds like a fading endpoint. Given how low it started to "fade", chances are CH is fine.

    Overall, things look fine and your plan is sound.
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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    Your water looks great. Your test results and your proposed actions are spot on, too.

    With virtually all of the drops-based tests, the test is completed once you get the color change.....regardless of what color it changes to or from.
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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    Thank you. The CH changed color at 26 so that is how I came up with the number. I am impressed with the totality of the kit.
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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    How long does aerating take to affect the pH and lower TA? How many rounds of acid treatment should I expect to go from 130 to 80 TA?
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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    Ted,

    Hey fellow valley of the sun resident! Your pics look very similar to my pool. I had mine drained also and now it is re-filled. My test results were pretty good too and I've been reviewing pool school and using the pool calculator to see what I need to do first. My CYA was way out of sight with the old water and now it is too low so will address that first. The water was clear until I turned on the pumps. It went to a milky blue but now seems to be clearing up. Almost afraid to turn on the water feature, who knows what will come out! Glad to see we are on the right track!

    Happy swimming! The weather is certainly cooperating.

    Chris

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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    Thanks everyone.

    I'm pretty proud of myself. Two weeks ago I didn't know much and what I thought I knew was wrong.

    Today I am accurately testing and adjusting my water chemistry. The pH is down to 7.2. I'm aerating and added liquid conditioner. I will check my CYA Saturday.

    I noted that my pump was now operating at 18 psi. I've seen it as low as 12, so I backwashed for the first time. There was a lot of dirty water that came out. I cycled it back and forth a few times and each time a little more came out. Then I noticed my backwash handle was leaking. I took the plunger out and found that two gaskets were torn. A quick trip to the pool store, $10 and 30 minutes later, no more leak. I even had to disassemble the pin to get to the little gasket on the shaft. Done and I feel great.

    Next step is to inspect the SWG cell.
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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    One question, is that a turtle in the lower left part of the photo?
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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1
    One question, is that a turtle in the lower left part of the photo?
    That is a rock. It's there to compensate for a design flaw. You can see where the automatic cleaner (Barracuda) plugs in to the wall to the right of the wading platform. Without the rock to stop the hose from floating on top of the wading platform, the Barracuda will get caught on the left corner of the steps next to the wall. The rock keeps the hose far enough away so the Barracuda will go along the step and back out to the main bottom.

    We move the rock to swim and return it when we're done. Otherwise the bottom won't get vacuumed properly.
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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    Ah the fun of suction side cleaners, that is part of the reason I moved to a robot last year.
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    Just tested my water again.

    Water looks great.

    FC 3.0
    CC 0.0
    pH 7.8 again. Went through two gallons this week of 15% MA already this week. I was aerating this week, pump is on 5 hours per day.
    TA actually went up from 130 to 150 now.
    CYA up to 30 now. I plan to slowly take it to 40-50.

    Water is only three weeks old. Any ideas about pH and TA?
    12k gallons, pebble tech, DE filter, SWG (inop?)

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    Re: First test results, water looks perfect

    Hey Ted,

    I am not an expert by any means, but from reading on this website it sounds like the pH will drift up over time if you use the waterfall, which looks like you have one from your photos.

    I also tested my pH today and it was high, 8.0. I added some MA and it came down quickly to 7.6. I also have a water feature and have been using it more than usual.

    Hope this helps in your quest for a sparkling pool!

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