I am new to the site, but have been lurking/learning since we decided to buy a home with a pool, which we closed on a little over a week ago, and finally got to move into this past weekend. First of all, this site is great and seems to be full of nice, helpful people! Second of all, I was able to do my first water tests today , which took me about 45 minutes. Besides the water tests, the only other thing Ive had time to do is clean out the skimmer and pump baskets. I tried to put as much info as I knew into my signature, but Ill lay it out again just in case I missed something. 18,000 gal, IG gunite pool with black sand mixed, DE filter with (according to PO), a nature II system. The pool as been maintained mostly by a pool/lawn company, and they have been using "smart sticks" The water is clear, but does seem to have a chlorine smell. My initial test results are:
FC- 15 (High)
CYA >100 Im estimating 120-150 (High)
Based on what Ive read so far, I need to possibly remove the nature II insert (?), have a pool store test for metals in the water due to the nature II system, such as copper, and do a partial water replacement due to the CYA being so high. I have a couple of questions about getting things going the BBB way.
1) If there are metals in the water, will a partial water replacement fix that and the CYA problem?
2)How much water would you recommend draining? I have a fear of this thing popping out of the ground. My wife is already nervous enough about me maintaining the pool on my own.
3) Should I go ahead and remove the float that Im assuming is carrying "smart sticks"?
3) And after the water replancement, I feel I can follow pool school and use the pool calculator to then adjust my numbers accordingly. Does this seem like the right steps?
Thank you in advance for all the help!