Had these water results run by Leslie's (and are in process of adding more Chlorine as I type)
Please note that we live in Phoenix, AZ and it is monsoon season (lots of dust, lots of heat, lots of rain and wind blowing **** into pool). We skim for leaves daily during windy weather, we run cleaning robot at least 1/wk, or immediately following any dust storm. Despite the hard weather conditions, the pool looks clear and smells neutral, but the water now makes your eyes sting really bad. The pool water didn't make our eyes sting earlier this summer, before monsoon season started.
Leslie's told us we should empty pool, or at a large part of it, to deal with the high CH and TDS and that we needed to stop using the chlorine-free shock (just use regular shock) for maintenance during the summer because our usual chlorine tablet floater isn't going to keep up in the heat.
My problems with the above advice are 1. what does high CH and TDS have to do with the burning eyes, is this really the problem causing it? 2. is emptying my pool really the only and/or best way to deal with high CH and TDS? 3. Won't using lots of regular shock in the summer just add to the eventual CH buildup, and 4. since AZ water is already known for being hard and even the dust during hoboobs known for having lots of salts and calcium will I just be back to having high CH and TDS in a year or two? ...Draining a pool every couple years seems so ridiculous in the desert!
Please let me know if anyone has some guidance and advise for pool maintenance in the desert. Thanks!