We just bought a house with our first pool one year ago and, because it was our first, we hired a pool guy. Now, I have just fired him for multiple reasons and am attempting to do this on my own. I live in Southern California where the water is extremely hard- need a new coffee maker every year kind of hard. Before my pool guy left last week, he bumped up my SWG to 80% and my TA is very high. Once this happened (or once I noticed), there were calcium deposits along the floor of our pool and also floating around- they disappear/disintegrate when you touch them. They look like white flakes. I am hoping to get rid of those and fix my water chemistry balance. Any help on what I can do would be great! Right now, I am running our pump on high for 5 hrs and on low for 2. I put the SWG back down to 50% and have a 13,000 gallon pool with a DE filter. Below are my numbers (taken from my Taylor k-2006 test kit).
FC: 6.5 (too high, but assuming that has to do with the way they cranked up my SWG)
pH: 7.8 (it was at 8.0, but I have been adding a quart of muriatic acid daily)
CH: 960 (did this test three times)
CYA: 50 ( my pool guy NEVER added this before, so I did it for the first time in liquid form 3 days ago). From reading the posts here, I see a good range for SWG is 70-80. How much more Conditioner would I need to add?
With the cost of water out here, I am not in a position right now to empty my pool. If I get these chemicals right, can I control the hardness or learn to manage it? Or is my only way to empty the pool at least a little bit? I'd like to try everything I can with water chemistry first.
Thanks for your help in advance!!