I hope everyone is having a great summer. My pool has been amazing all season thanks to lots of help from everyone here.
I have a few follow up questions and would appreciate any help:
Let me start by mentioning my pool looks and feels great. Sparkling water, no signs of algae, and the water feels soft on the skin. This is all new to me after 6 years of fighting my pool. Now the questions...
About a month ago I got all my levels within the suggested ranges. I've been testing FC and PH daily but hadn't done a full set of tests in a while.
* What caused my TA to drop so far, and where did my calcium go (I had added about 20 pounds earlier in the season)?
I should mention that I use bleach every night, and I feel like I'm needing to use too much acid. PH is constantly climbing on me. I would estimate that I add about half a gallon a week. We do use our jacuzzi a lot. If we have the kids over, the jacuzzi is running all day long - perhaps that's enough to keep bumping PH?
I'm assuming I'll add baking soda predisolved to increase TA, correct? And simply add more calcium? Can I adjust both of these on the same day or will that cause a cloudy mess?
Also, I use about a gallon of bleach per day on my 15,000 gallon pool. It seems like a lot, but I'm new to this. Is that out of line for a pool that's in the sun all day long in socal? Is there an ideal CYA/FC relationship that maximizes cost efficiency? Finally, the cheapest I can find bleach is at costco for about $2/gallon. Any suggestions on finding cheaper bleach? I've read elsewhere on this site about negotiating with a laundermat - anyone have experience with that?
Thanks to all in advance!