Just when I think I have everything under control, the Intex SWG isn't keeping up. I bought it last year so it's not brand new, but not old either.
I'm running the pump/filter 24/7 and the SWG 12 hours from 7-7. Pool is in full Arizona sun all day. No cover.
I just ran some tests and here are my results:
TA: 100 (crept up on me)
CYA: 70 (it was low, I added more, then it was high - FC was low then too but I blamed high CYA - so I drained some water and now it is perfectish)
SALT: 3000 (swg said it was high and there were deposits on the plates so I cleaned them with vinegar.)
Borates: around 40 I think. Using LaMotte (I think that's right) strips.
Oh, results are using Taylor 2600 and Taylor salt drop test. I also have the speedstir.
There is some scummy stuff on the inside of the skimmer just above the water line. I saw the same thing on a spot on the pool wall and the floating duck (no pucks, I just think it's cute) the other day too. I suspected a build up of the algaecide I used a couple of weeks ago mixed with sand (it is Arizona), but now I'm wondering if it was algae all along.
This is the first time I've tested positive for any CC in over a week too.
I'm planning to do the OFCLT or whatever it's called tonight, but is there anything else I'm missing? Shouldn't the SWG be able to keep up?
I'm going on vacation soon and didn't want my house/dog sitter to have to do anything but enjoy the pool. Now I'm thinking she might have to add bleach each day anyway. Should I just get some pucks for the duck for vacation? She knows nothing about a pool and I would rather not come back to a swamp and have to start all over again.
Did I mention it's Arizona so a couple of inches of water has to be added every other day anyway?