So we had our pool installed in early July. I sure wish I would done more research prior to this. The pool installer put a Pentair Rainbow 320 inline chlorinator using 3 inch trichlor pucks. My CYA level was zero when we began to swim, so the pool store sold me some conditioner which raised it to 50. Well, I have been burning through pucks (6 pucks about every 4 or 5 days) and my chlorine level has been around 8 regardless of where I put the setting on the chlorinator. So I turned the chlorinator off (per their advice) for two days. I just had my water tested by the pool store this morning:
PH 7.2 (just added two pounds of PH up)
CYA 100 (I know, I know...now)
So, after reading a lot on here, the reason my CYA has gone up is (obviously adding the conditioner) and using trichlor tabs. I am done with those. Once the last little bit dissolves in the chlorinator, I am turning it off for good.
So here is my question and keeping this in mind (hopefully back washing and vacuuming to waste and general water displacement due to splash out will keep my CYA at 100 or reduce it slightly and we will be draining about half of the pool in the spring so the pool builder can fix a liner issue):
Using the bleach method: Is this best route? And if so, typically how much should I be adding on a daily basis/weekly basis?
If I strictly use household bleach for chlorine, is there anything else I should keep on hand (other than PH up or PH down)?