Looking forward to finally understanding pool maintenance this summer, but my first test is proving to be frustrating.
All last year i wrestled with crazy high CYA levels around 120 or so. Consequently I was never able to really dive in to the fantastic advice i see around here because of that constant looming CYA problem.
This year i was looking forward to starting off on the right foot.
My mom had the pool opened this week, had some guy come out and i wasn't here to see what he did to it (or stop HIM!!). She said he said he "shocked it."
After using my test kit today, here's what i find...
PH More than 8.2
Well, at least my CYA is lower than last year. But still. FACEPALM!
The pool calculator prescribes changing out around 60% of my water before i can really start to get to work this year.
My mom is the main barrier to emptying the pool.
She's either worried about the pool floating up out of the ground, or wasting water... i'm unclear.
Her house, her pool. I am essentially the pool boy with no power.
I'm not saying that to whine, I'm merely painting you a picture, and looking for solid arguments to convince her.
So i have two questions:
1. How would you convince your mothers to drain their pool?
2. I bought this test kit (on your advice) last summer.
Should i replace the kit every year? If so, how off do you think these numbers could be?
Thanks for your time.
I'm looking forward to working with all you folks again - even as i'm pulling my hair out over these numbers!