Been reading here for about a year about new construction because I was planning on having a new pool put in at our home. Well, life changes and we instead decided to move closer to work and we have just closed on a house that already has a pool.
I have MANY issues to work through, and I have only just taken possession of the the home yesterday. Learning from the board, I already have my TF-100 so today I stopped at the house and grabbed a sample of water. Unfortunately it was dark and I was by myself so I couldn't do any measuring to figure out the gallons capacity, but here's what I know.
In-ground gunite / plaster pool and spa.
Jandy AquaPure 1400 salt system with cartridge filter
Issue #1, the Jandy is showing a code #170 Per the previous owner it has been this way for a while, he had no $$$ to have it fixed. He said that the heater was not working, but suspected that it was due to the code and not a problem with the heater. There is a floating thing in the pool so I assume that he has been using pucks since the salt is broken but cannot confirm. I did find an empty bucket of pucks in the garage though.
I think that the pool is about 5-years old, it has the old square salt cell so I suspect that it is bad. Don't know if changing the cell will help clear the #170 code though. I have a Jandy trouble shooting guide but haven't had a chance to go through it yet.
No apparent chlorine.
Went to the chlorine drop test. Added one scoop of R870, no color change. Added another, still no change. I guess that I have to assume that there is no chlorine.
CYA appeared to be greater than 100 to me. Not sure if I'm doing this test right. (level was very low in the sight tube)
Surprisingly to me, the water is pretty clear. There are a few different appearing problems with the plaster however.
Some areas look like algae to me, especially on the tile grout and the stairs.
Side walls have a dark staining on them. I tried to brush it and it doesn't really come off. Feels rough.
Big spots on the floor that appear shiny bright blue while most of the floor just looks like white plaster.
I have read though pool school a couple of times, but I think that it didn't really sink in too much since I didn't have a pool or test results to work with.
I'm thinking that I need to get some chlorine in there before I have a full blown algae bloom, but I'm not going to be moving in for two weeks so that limits my ability to properly track/shock the pool.
Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!