Bought a house last fall. Pool not in use due to equipment being bad. Replaced equipment with those listed in signature. Pool open about 8 weeks as I live in SE NM. Been using 3" trichlor tabs and shocking as recommended by pool guy (you can stop laughing at any time). You can see where their advice has gotten me. They also recommended running pump 24 hours a day. I am running it around 8, more when we have high winds with lots of dust and debris in the air.
Water is clear. I waited to start this process until I got my test kit. Until now we were using a standard test kit and maintaining chlorine about 1-3 and ph at 7.4-7.6.
Test results with new kit:
FC = 1.2 ppm
CC = .4 ppm
PH = 7.4
TA = 190 ppm
CH = 320 (tested my fill water and it has the same reading)
CYA = over 100 test kit didn't have higher markings
Where do I start? I did the math calculator but with the holiday weekend I can't have it not be swimmable (read that as I don't want to screw it up).
I know I need to get the FC up with chlorine based on my CYA. Draining water is not an option with cost and frankly it just doesn't feel responsible dumping 1/2 of my pool water given where I live. (I know should we even have a pool but that is another discussion.) I get significant evaporation requiring refilling. Can I do a conscious effort of small drains/backwash/refills and evaporation refills, no more Trichlor tabs along with CYA/FC monitoring until I get the CYA down? What role will my solar cover play in the process of maintaining FC levels....try to keep it on more or less time?
In case it helps...pool water is between 87-92 depending on time of day, etc. Solar cover keeps it up at night.
Thanks in advance!