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    Standard first tests for unknown pool history?

    If I am going to maintain another pool that I don't know the history of or what's been put into it, what first tests
    should I do to start out with? Just basic tests or more?

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    Mike
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    Re: Standard first tests for unknown pool history?

    Test everything: FC, CC, pH, TA, CH and CYA ... otherwise you have no idea what you are starting with.
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    Re: Standard first tests for unknown pool history?

    Would you also include tests for Potassium monopersulfate, borax, copper etc.?

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    Re: Standard first tests for unknown pool history?

    I suppose it would not hurt if you have the tests available ...

    I guess I was coming at this like a residential owner, maybe you are thinking more of a business venture where it might be worthwhile to cover everything so that problems do not develop unexpectedly (like metal staining starting, etc)
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    Re: Standard first tests for unknown pool history?

    Well, just friends pools for now. I think I've maintained my saltwater pool pretty well for the past 4 years. Managed to keep the 2003 Autopilot control working even though the early ones have issues, bad capacitors, running hot etc. I don't have a cage so it is a little more maintenance and testing.
    But yes, If I am going to look after other pools I don't want to overlook something that would cause problems down the road.
    Guess that comes from being a long time mechanic.

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    Re: Standard first tests for unknown pool history?

    I would test for borates, copper, iron and salt besides the normal tests. Just to cover the bases. I wouldn't worry about the MPS test unless you have reasong to believe (i.e. MPS container) they've been using it.
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    Re: Standard first tests for unknown pool history?

    If the water source is different than yours, I'd check the fill water as well just to have a reference point.
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