Well, at the tail end of last summer and early fall we started losing water from our in ground, vinyl pool. The pool was constructed in 2003 and still had the original liner and it was starting to show serious cracks, some small tears, and general degradation. From what I've read - 10 years was a pretty good run.
So last week we had a new liner installed, and a new sand filter as well. A new variable speed pump was installed late last year to save on energy costs. I'm a little lost on how to get my pool water where I need to now that we've had the pool totally filled with new water (city water). This new liner was an investment, so I'd like to be careful with my pool chemistry to prolong its life.
20,000 gallon 18 x 36' in ground pool with brand new Vinyl Works liner (it looks so beautiful..lol..)
Since we moved in 4 years ago (and prior to us moving in) the pool used a Carefree Clearwater pool ionizer. I feel it has worked exceptionally well, so I'm thinking I'll continue to use it. It has a brand new anode and I understand the target for the Ion Level is .2 to .3 PPM (right now it is obviously zero).
I just ran a test of the water:
pH - 7.2
TA - 30 PPM
Hardness - 40
Ion - 0
CL - 0
So how do I get this thing up and running? I'm worried if I drastically alter one thing right off the bat I'll be doing the wrong thing with the other. According to the ionizer instructions, they say TA should never exceed 95 whereas 120-150 would be normal for chlorinated pools. For the past four years I've maintained that .2 to .3 PPM ion level and just used household bleach to maintain CL and that formula seemed to work just fine. The liner installer recommended that since I have an ionizer I never let pH, alk, or calcium to get too high or we could get staining.
So any ideas on where I go first with this new pool water? Start the ionizer and simultaneously add CL ya think? Water clarity is exceptional right now with the new water..lol..now I'll mess it all up..
Last question - over the previous decade the side of the pool that received the most direct sunlight (the south facing side of the liner) showed the obvious signs of UV damage moreso than the other side. Is there any product out there that can be applied to the liner above the water line to slow that UV breakdown process? I'm just wondering if there is a 303 protectant type coating I could occasionally rub on there..but is there anything pool safe like that?
Very grateful for any guidance...