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    starting out with our new pool

    Hi! We are moving into our new house this weekend and I had a chance to run over there today and quickly test chlorine and ph. First off, the pool water still looks very nice and clean. It is clear and fresh looking. The realtor had a pool guy coming weekly and it's been about 2 wks since his last visit.

    I tested today and got these results:

    pool:

    FC = 1
    TC = 2
    TC - FC = combined chlor of 1

    spa:

    FC = 2
    TC = 2
    TC - FC = combined chlor of 0

    ph for both pool and spa is 8.2

    The pool has an automatic chlorine feeder so where do I go from here? Do I then add chlorine to that? Does the chlorine being low mean it's time to add/replace something?

    Also when we had home inspection we were shown a leak at a pump. I don't even know which pump it is. The previous pool guy is coming over to give us a quote on fixing the leak (and more likely because he wants to sales pitch us on continuing to care for the pool.) Do you think a pool guy is the best person to fix this type of leak? Around how much would a repair like that cost? Do they usually charge by the hour plus parts?

    Also one more Q - the pool has one of those roomba type things that roves around the bottom. Does that replace the need to brush the pool weekly? I saw that the previous owners had some pool care items hanging on the wall and one is like a long broom so I'm assuming that is to brush the sides and bottom.

    Thanks for the help! We are trying to get back to the pool tomorrow then we'll be in the house permanently after Saturday.

    Oh and weather -- it has been 40s at night and high 70s during the day. It'll be in the 80s later this week. It rained for a few days last week maybe an inch total over 2-3 days. Pool is not covered but we bought a solar cover (the blue bubble wrap looking stuff) but haven't cut to fit or put it on yet.
    Temecula, California (1999), 32K gal, IG plaster, 320 sq ft cartridge filter, Pentair Intelliflo VS-SRVS (model 11017) pump, Zodiac Nature2 Model G inground purifier, pool solar hot water and Riley 400K BTU heater, SWG Pool Pilot DIG-220, spa

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    Re: starting out with our new pool

    The CC readings of 1ppm indicate the need to shock.

    Far more helpful would be a full set of test results to include your TA, CH and especially CYA.
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    Re: starting out with our new pool

    Thanks! I just arranged my schedule so I can be back at the house tomorrow and will get full readings. I'll post everything when I get it.
    Temecula, California (1999), 32K gal, IG plaster, 320 sq ft cartridge filter, Pentair Intelliflo VS-SRVS (model 11017) pump, Zodiac Nature2 Model G inground purifier, pool solar hot water and Riley 400K BTU heater, SWG Pool Pilot DIG-220, spa

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    Re: starting out with our new pool

    Since we have an automatic chlorine feeder but the chlorine is low, does that mean it is time to add a new tablet? And if the level is low enough to need to shock, should I not just go ahead and add a new tablet? This is all totally new to me and I am trying to understand how all of this works. I don't know when the last time a tablet was added or how often these things need to be put in.
    Temecula, California (1999), 32K gal, IG plaster, 320 sq ft cartridge filter, Pentair Intelliflo VS-SRVS (model 11017) pump, Zodiac Nature2 Model G inground purifier, pool solar hot water and Riley 400K BTU heater, SWG Pool Pilot DIG-220, spa

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    Re: starting out with our new pool

    Hard to say if you can afford to add more tablets to the pool since they also add cya. As duraleigh mentioned, get us those additional test results (especially cya) and post them.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: starting out with our new pool

    And if the level is low enough to need to shock, should I not just go ahead and add a new tablet?
    Thew low chlorine level does not mean you need to shock. Do not add any more tablets until you find out your CYA.

    Plan on adding some liquid chlorine but you really should help us with the rest of your tests before you do anything else.
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    Re: starting out with our new pool

    I would also add that to take control of the pool, you need to learn about the chemistry and the chemicals. Spend some time reading through Pool School (button at the upper right of the page). Likely it will take a few times, but quickly you understand and be much more comfortable in your control of the pool.

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    Re: starting out with our new pool

    One last comment.....do you have a test kit. You can purchase on via this website that helps support the site and it's a very good one for a reasonable price. In order to really do a good job keeping your pool you absolutely need to have a proper test kit. Reading Pool School will make that obvious.

    Get the test kit and start enjoying a wonderful pool experience. Don't allow anyone else tell you what you need for your pool, with Pool School knowledge and that TF-100 test kit, you will know exactly what your pool needs yourself.

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    Re: starting out with our new pool

    Dittos on having a proper, drop based, test kit. The perceived expense is far outweighed by the the ease of maintenance.
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