My grandfather built this pool in 1958. The pool is plaster, 20' x 45' and last year we tried to fix much of the plaster and didn't do too bad (didn't do great, either) the water level kept dropping over the year due to small leaks. This year we painted it with epoxy paint that seems to be doing great.
~30,000 gallon plaster painted pool
New Intelliflo pump
Old Sand Filter (working fine, tho!)
I just got one of the recommended kits and the following is my first set of measurements after I added CYA.
FC = 0
CC = 0
TC = 0
pH = 7.5
T/A = 350
CYA = 25
Calc = 200
I know the immediate issue that I know how to resolve is that there is no Chlorine in the pool and the CYA is low. I added CYA so I believe it will end up around 50. A few hours after I added the CYA I added chlorine and the levels with the basic test kit were much higher. I'll get all that balanced... So my questions...
1. The source of the pool water is well water in Northern Sacramento Valley. I walked into a pool store and they immediately tried to sell me an additive due to metals in the well water with no analysis. I took a step back and thought I would toss the question out to all of you. Is there anything I need to test for? Is there some sort of generic additive for well water that will resolve metal issues? Any other steps I need to consider using well water?
2. My T/A is very high. I added alot of Muriatic Acid to bring the pH down from 8.2 to 7.5 (basic test kit). It dropped the T/A some (my initial T/A was around 450). Do I need to do more? What can I do?
3. My calcium looks quite high. With a painted pool and all piping PVC, is this a concern? From what I understand my only solution for this is to get water elsewhere.
4. The only other anectodal thing is that my Aunt keeps telling me the water has alot of Boron in it. Not sure where she got that. It may have come from my grandfather dealing with the pool, or somewhere else. Any feedback on this info?
Thanks for your anticipated replies!!!