Good Morning. We moved into a house with a pool 2 years ago this summer, so last year was the first full year maintaining the pool. We would go to Leslies with water samples every few days, and the water never got that clear, always slightly cloudy, and we had a few algae outbreaks.
This year, I was tipped off to this website and the BBB method. I am very excited to take control of our pool and have much more pool time this year! I have a new Taylor test kit per the recommendation of this site. Yesterday, I completed the complete test, and my results are at least 5 ppm FC, at least 5 ppm TC, 7.2 PH, 110 ppm TA, and my CYA only gets about half way to the bottom 100 mark. I say "at least" regarding the Chlorine because the red may be a little darker that what is offered on the test tube. I have a vinyl pool that is 18,500 gallons.
The pool is currently pretty cloudy. I am told that my main problem is the CYA and I need to drain at least half the water and refill, or I am wasting my time and keeping the chlorine that high will cost me a ton over the summer. Also, algae outbreaks are inevitable. Is the CYA actually this big of a problem? Is water replacement the only solution?
I look forward to receiving any insight you can provide! Thanks.
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