I have owned a pool for about 2 weeks now (first time pool and first time homeowner) and naturally have no idea what I am doing. This site has helped tremendously in learning some lingo and beginner tips, so thanks to all who contribute.
Now on to my problem: which is sort of two-tiered.
Roughly a 15,000 gallon pool, in-ground, chlorine, Dallas suburb of Highland Village.
I took in a sample to Leslie's just so they could help me get the lay of the land. I knew well in advance they like to scare people into buying very expensive unnecessary chemicals. Summary:
FAC, TAC, PH, Copper, Iron, Phosphates: OK
Calcium Hardness 460 (High)
Cyanuric Acid 150 (Extremely High)
Total Alkaliknity -190 (High)
The dude at the counter told me I need to drain my pool, which to a first time pool owner in a pool store basically threw me into a panic. He didn't even recommend I buy chemicals until I go through this procedure. He suggested I drain the pool entirely and start fresh as "dilution wont fix the CYA issue." I then took it to a Leslie's competitor (small local shop) and even explained that I had just been to his competitor and he verified their findings and recommended the same thing.
Question 1: Do I need to really go through and drain the pool? The water looks fine....this just seems so extreme.
Question 2: Where on earth do I put the water?! I have a pretty long driveway with no storm drains anywhere near my house and can't find a sewer clean out anywhere on the property....we live on a .3 acre lot surrounded by houses so draining down the driveway will surely interfere with other properties and **** off our new neighbors. It's a bit of a snooty suburb so the city may not like it either.
I'm stuck and need some help here, folks! Thanks a lot.