We purchased a house with a pool last year. Initially we had a pool guy (family friend) get us up and running for the first few months and trained us on the maintenance. After a few months, we went it alone and had a great pool season last year. This year, we have been battling algae and chlorine levels and surviving with opinions and guesses from others until finding this site.
My Taylor test kit will not arrive until Wednesday, but here is the data that I have:
With a Basic Test Kit by Poolmaster (from Home Depot)
With HACH Aqua Check Test Strips
I had the CYA verified by a pool store and he indicated that it was well over 100
Based on what I have learned in the past few days, I need to address the CYA by draining some of pool and adding fresh water. That is my plan over the next few days, then retest with the Taylor K-2006 and follow the Pool Calculator suggestions. Is this the correct way to proceed?
I’ve also read that the CYA has a specific gravity of 2.5 and collects in the bottom (deep end) of the pool. Is this true? I ask because my plan was to draw water out of the pool via the drain at the deep end, that is until I found that I could not get it to operate at all. So with that, the pool store was going to loan me their submersible pump, my idea was to put it in the deep end of the pool (assuming cord length allowed) and pull water with a higher concentration of CYA, thereby reducing the amount of water I have to change.
Does this make any sense?
Thanks for all of the help.