We opened our pool about four weeks ago. I did a great job last year (first year -- pool was done and opened on Memorial Day). We kept everything in check. I was quite proud of myself.
HOWEVER, I am finding myself very confused now about what to do. I had knee surgery five weeks ago -- and can't get down to the pool to do my own testing, so my poor husband has to listen to me stand over the deck on my crutches and .
We have a sport pool -- about 23,000 gallons. Chlorine -- with a Nature2 Fusion System. We live in Maryland -- so not much hard sun yet.
Last week, I tested again, and found the following:
FCL and TCL low. They were measuring around 0.2 - 0.4.
Alkalinity was lower -- around 63.
CH was lower - around 160.
I added 2# of scorch, calcium hardness increaser, and alkalinity increaser. I kept the pump running 24x7 (goal was for 24 hours -- but oops -- it ran 24x7 for the next 5 days). I also increased the dial on the Fusion System up to 5 to max it out and try and get the levels up. ???
I tested two days later -- and everything was in range except for the FCL and TCL -- they were still a little low -- but not bad.
We tested again on Friday. Everything was BACK DOWN to where it was before. We had some rain over a few days -- so I wasn't sure if that caused it or not. I decided to try and shock (was that a mistake???). Tested again in the AM -- no difference.
SO -- on Sunday (yesterday), we added more calcium hardness increase and alkalinity increaser and still have the dial at 5 (my little son has kept the 3" tablets loaded).
Here are my current numbers:
FCL - 0
TCL - 0.64
BR - 5.0
PH - 7.3
Alkalinity - 89
CHardness - 206
CYA - 38
What am I doing wrong? It looks like my CH is still a little low...but nothing else seems too far off, right (except the FCL and TCL obviously)? Why is the chlorine not going up.
PLEASE PLEASE be gentle with me. I am new -- and trying hard. Don't too hard on me!!!