Thanks to everyone in this forum.
I'm still trying to get my water balanced.
I'm trying to algae shock today - as I can test the water every few hours and ensure the chlorine is at the right level.
1) My plumbling is such that the water comes from the pool and gets split to the filter and then the auto vacuum. I just cleaned the filter thoroughly. My vacuum tends to get stuck on the drain cover (I have 2). Both drain covers were changed to the new type last year when I bought the house (it's a little high looking vs. the one I saw at the pool store). The installer adjusted the bobber and weight so that the front wheels have more weight - which has helped reduce the frequency of becoming stuck. However, I have to direct quite a bit of water to the vacuum to ensure it doesn't get stuck. If I direct all the water fo the filter, it reads 8-9 lbs. If I direct some of the water fo the vacuum the gauge only reads 1 or 2 lbs. Is that normal?
- Is the pool getting enough circulation if I run the pump ~4-5 hours a day in summer with the vacuum always on?
- Or, should I be turning off the vacuum and only running it a couple times a week during the course of the cycle? (I don't have a lot of plant material that gets in the pool)
2) CH is 250 - ran test 3x. I understand the range and all. But if the variance from the test results is +-10% after 10 drops: should'nt we be targeting at least 280 to ensure we're at least at 250?
Thanks, again to everyone. I really appreciate this forum.