Hi everyone. I am a first time pool owner having recently bought a home with an inground pool. After having tons of frustration and getting a lot of bad information from pool supply stores, I was lucky enough to find this website, and I couldn't be more thankful for finding it.
I have been doing a lot of reading on here, pool school, forum posts, etc...
I received my Taylor test kit yesterday, and ran my own set of tests. As expected, my results were different from the ones the pool store was telling me.
Seems I overshocked the pool, and my CYA is higher than they were telling me (no doubt from those wonderful tabs they had me using). I discontinued using them about 5 days ago, knowing my chlorine level was very high and also suspecting my CYA would probably be as well. I'm switching to the BBB method as it seems to make the most sense to me.
Here are my current numbers:
Free Chlorine: 17ppm
Combined Chlorine: 0 ppm
CA: Didn't test for this, as based on what I've read, it's not really important for a vinyl lined pool.
Anyway, I want to get my numbers in line ASAP since I am having a July 4th party tomorrow. So just looking for a little advice. I had planned on draining off some of the water and replacing it to try and lower the chlorine and CYA a bit. But since I don't have much time, I expect I won't be able to replace a significant amount of water, maybe 5-10%. Then I planned to test again and add Sodium Thiosulfate to bring down my chlorine level to around 6-7ppm. Does this seem like a good plan? My water is very clear, as I would expect it to be with such a high chlorine level. I tested overnight FC loss last night and this morning and there was none. Would love to hear some advice from the seasoned vets on board.
Anyway, that's it. Really glad to be here, and looking forward to learning a lot on this forum and maybe pay it forward one day when I am more knowledgeable. Thanks for reading my long winded post, and Happy 4th of July to everyone.