I'm new here. I have never owned a pool before and we've lived in this house for a year. Last year I had a pool guy, two actually and I think they led me astray. The last one told me to close down the pool for the winter and put a tarp on it. Well, I'm going to take care of it myself from now on, using this site and your kind assistance.
I got all the leaves cleaned out and did my first test today with the TFTestkit, which I bought on your recommendation. I don't know if I should replace the water or not. We did that in early spring last year. We live in Las Vegas, so there's a lot of sunlight coming. My CYA is very high, but it might be OK for this climate and the amount of sun we get. I'm more concerned with CH. Here are the numbers from today's testing:
pH: 8.5 (or more)
Should I drain it and start over? Looking through these boards, it seems the only way to fix the CH is to drain it. What would you do if you were me?
Thanks very much, in advance, for your kind assistance.