I'm new to TFP and this is my first post about my new pool. I don't have any previous experience with pools, but I'm looking forward to learning and am excited to have found this site.
We just bought this house a couple of months ago and I'm ready to get the pool under control. The pool has a Polaris Watermatic automated chlorinator that is not working correctly as the last couple of times I have added the granules to it, it dumped it almost immediately. I tested the ORP sensors and them seem to be good, so I'm not sure what the problem is. Based on my reading here, I have decided to try the BBB method instead of messing with the Watermatic. I have a couple of issues that I want to try and tackle...
1. I'm trying to get the chems balanced. I bought a DPD test kit from Leslie's, which I think is the same as the Taylor kit. Below are the results. I think the CYA is way too high. When I had it tested a Leslie's they had it at ~150. Should I go ahead with a partial drain / refill? The water looks Ok, but there is definitely a little bit of algea.
2. Second question is on my primary pump. It's not priming / filling up with water completely when on. The water gets about 2 inches from the top. I'm going to try and replace the gasket today and see if that is the problem. I don't see any leaks, etc. but I'm not sure how to troubleshoot it. I will post later if a new gasket solves the problem.