I just found out about this forum and look forward to learning about Pool Maintenance! I live in Plymouth Meeting, PA (about 20 mi north of Philadelphia). I just moved into a new home that has an in ground pool+spa. The previous owner took very good care of the pool, and I want to do the same.
I took a water sample to Leslie's yesterday and found out that all of the levels are good, except alkalinity was a little low (70). I read on here that Baking Soda is a good adjuster for that, so I plan on putting that in tonight. A question I have is - if using Baking Soda to adjust, can you use the pool as well? I know if you use the chemicals, that you are supposed to stay out of the pool for 24 hours, wasn't sure if it was the same with Baking Soda.
I am really trying to get a hold on the plumbing and figuring out the best valve setup. There is a Spa Suction & Pool Suction. The pool also has a Skimmer & main drain. When I want to just use the Pool, what is the best valve setup? Note - All valves are the Jandy valves.
If I wanted to drain the Spa completely (to make repairs, etc...), what is the best valve setup to do that? What should I do with all the spa water (let it go into the pool?)
The pool & spa is about 30,000 gallons combined, all plaster (gunite). what are the recommended times to run the filter/ vaccum?
I am going to attempt to make a pool diagram and share with everyone tongiht as well.