New pool owner here. Bought an intex 12ft X 30in Deep pool for my young kids. After realizing that the people at leslies were giving me a lot of conflicting information I decided it best to research on my own. After looking over this website and using poolcalculator I think I have a pretty good handle on what's needed. I have a few questions that I will list below after my latest readings.
Here's my current reading
~1700 Gallon Pool (Water is clear and I learned early on that I need to run the filter every day)
FC = 11ppm (We were out of town a few days and I shocked it so the chlorine would not all go away. Kept the cover on. Took it off now to let the sun do it's thing to bring the FC down)
PH = 6.9 (I know that's low. Using Chlorbrite (dichlor) for chlorine. I guess that brings down the PH according to what I've read)
TA = 130
CA = 160
CYA = 42
Temp = ~90 degrees Fahrenheit (It's a small pool and it's been almost 100 every day here so it heats up real fast)
My Location is Los Angeles.
I'm using the Taylor Complete FAS-DPD Pool Water Test Kit K-2006 to do my testings. Chlorbrite for chlorine and I have Soda Ash from Leslies to bring the PH up. Now here's my questions
1. I just put 4oz of Soda Ash in the pool. Should I assume this will be a regular thing based on the fact I'm using dichlor?
2. Looks like regular bleach is the reccomended choice from this site. If I switched would I not have the lowering effect of the PH that the dichlor does? I just bough a full tub so I'm probably going to stick with that
3. When should I worry about the PH / TA ratio? Is it bad if I need to keep adding soda ash? Does that mean I have a bigger problem?
4. Should I bring up the CA any higher?
5. If I keep using dichlor it seems like my CYA will eventually get to high? I plan on draining and storing the pool sometime late september so I'm assuming I don't neet to worry about this?
Thanks for any replies / suggestions you might have. I'm enjoying the "science" behind figuring out how to best maintain a pool