Excellent site, pushing me to learn and start to take control on my own, rather than continously running to the Pool Store. Found your site late last night looking for answers as to why I could not get my PH to come up. Did some reading and tried aerating to raise the PH and its working. I don't have one of the recommended test kits, yet, so here are this mornings test numbers from the store. I purchased a Pentair 78DPD+ kit this morning, it will have to do until I can get one of the recommended ones.
17K Gallon, IG Vinyl, Sand Filter, with auto cover in Wichita, KS
FC - 3
CC - 0
PH - 7.4 - had been stuck at 7 since opening, even with over 40 pounds of soda ash this season. Turned all jets up late last night to get this rise, will be buying some PVC parts tonight to aerate more.
TA - over 300 - she lost count of the drops at that point.
CH - 250
CYA - 100
Pool calculator says to replace 60% of my water - cannot do that all at once due to water restrictions and cost.
I am planning to use the aerate, acid, aerate method to decrease my TA.
BUT, my question for you guys is what should I be working on first? I know that my CYA and FC are issues, but do I need to fix the TA first? Or can I just get the PH to a normal level, get the FC right and worry about the TA later? Not sure I can fight both issues at the same time.
Planning to shift to the BBB method after I get the chemicals I've already bought used up.
Thanks for your help.