We began our pool build last year but it got cut short due to the weather changing drastically in the N.E. We are finishing up now and I have had the water going for about 2 weeks. Water looks clear and I have been going to the Local Pool store for "Free Testing" using their computer. The first testing, about 2 weeks ago, they had me add several chemicals (don't remember at this time). I found this forum and love it. I ordered my Taylor Test kit and it arrived today. However, yesterday I went back to the pool store, just to see where I was at. They told me my "Chlorine Residual" was high and my PH was at 8.1. They has me add BioGuard Lo 'N Slow.
Today I used my new Taylor test kit and these are the readings I came up with.
F.C - 3.8
PH - 7.4
TA - 160
CH - 230
CYA - 100
After reading the forums I see that my TA and CYA are high and am looking for any direction and suggestions on what to do next. I am already fed up with the Pool Store guy.
The gave me a "free" bucket of the BioGuard Silk Smart sticks and a "free" bucket of Easy Shock and Swim.
AS A SIDE NOTE: In between filling and my first test at the pool store, the decking guys came to pour the deck. Well it appears as if they were washing their trowls in the pool and the bottom of my pool ended up covered in concrete dust and debris. It is cleaned now (after about a dozen vacuuming sessions). I don't know if this effected the water chemistry at all.
I appreciate all the info on this forum and look forward to gaining control of my own pool chemistry. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.