My name is Bob, and I am a fairly new in-ground vinyl pool owner (starting my 3rd year). I grew up with an inground pool, so I was used to doing the basic chlorine + ph test with the red/yellow drops. Times and equipment have definitely changed a bit since then.
While this is my 3rd year owning a pool - this is my FIRST year opening it. Some history...the pool was built in 2011 by Foxx Pools, so they basically opened the pool - new water, balancing it, etc. In the fall of 2011, their technicians accidentally put some holes in the liner when they came out to try and remove liner wrinkles that were the result of some liner float caused by underground water pressure. Therefore, Foxx replaced the liner in the spring of 2012 - opening the pool NEW again.
As a result of my first pool opening [that's currently in-progress], I was told I have PHOSPHATES ( > 1000 ppb). While I have followed the pool company's instructions for removal, I decided I needed to learn more about PHOSPHATES and taking care of my pool......THAT searching is what led me to TFP!
I'm looking forward to learning alot and hopefully I can begin to help others out in the process.
I will be posting a separate question regarding my current pool opening experience.