First time pool owner of just over a year (purchased a house with a 10 year old pool). I have been managing/monitoring my pool for a year now and it seems like I am missing something (or am I). My "pool-guy" tells me about my chlorine and PH levels (once a week), and I add Chlorine (increase SWG %) or not, and add acid or not. When I do a sanity check with a very reputable pool store, they tell me all is looking great, or add a little acid to bring down the PH. None of the other chemical levels are out of whack or even discussed.
SWG is turned on in late April ( at 25%) and off in early October. I am told this increases the life of the SWG.
I use chlorine tabs from October thru April. Both, keeping chlorine at 3-5, require acid to keep the PH down. Water clarity is crystal except during a Dust storm episode (Jason knows about those). SWG is run 1 hour for every 10 degrees of ambient air temp. Right now 10 hours at night (off peak rates).
Up to this point, I don't have any challenges with clarity, or human comfort/discomfort with the water.
Neither does my wife, who will let me know if her skin does not feel right.
Side note - Probably of little consequence, but I created a "manual" self fill by running a 1/4 inch irrigation hose from my house water softener system (use potassium chloride) to a leaf basket lid. It maintains the level fairly well with 1/4 inch inline valve adjustments. I doubt that the introduction of the little amount of potassium has anything to do with this chemistry of my pool, just wanted to complete the picture.
Should I be concerned about all these other levels, as I have seen in the Pool school and posts, or should I just continue to jump in and do my laps?
Thanks for any comments.