Hi, awesome boards. I have a brand new IG pool (17k). It was plastered about 6 weeks ago and the kids are chomping at the bit to get in there. The pool builder is also contracted to maintain the pool for the season and his guys come out about once a week. About 2 weeks ago he told me everything was ready and the pool was good to swim in. Being somewhat of a controlling nature, I ordered the TF 100 kit and tried to see if things looked all right with me. From the start I've had very high pH readings and TA readings. The pH test in the TF100 goes to 8.2 and it looks to me to be at least that color if not a bit higher. The TA test is easier to do and I would get readings in the 250 - 300 range. The FC initially was very high, >20, but appears to now be around 8. The pool looks great, water is clear etc.
When I have asked the builder (several times) if these high pH readings were normal he brushed it off, mumbling something about the plaster etc. Essentially he didn't think it was a big deal. I've also tried to search for answers to my question, but could not get a conclusive answer. My question: Is it safe to swim in a pool with a pH of 8.2 and a TA of 250?
Thanks in advance.