I bought a above ground Intex 18' x 48" pool at the beginning of fall in 2013. Bad timing on my part but I kept it up and maintained through the winter. I also need to be clear that I love my pool! While it got dead leaves and such in it through the winter the water stayed clear. When summer started I found the pump that came with the pool had failed when I noticed a green hue about my pool one morning.
I got a new pump fast. Now summer is rolling up and I'm trying hard to stay ahead of trouble. I had bought a 5 way test kit at a store and tested and wrote down all of my results. I then for the first time took a sample of water to a local pool store sine i had to by supplies anyways.
Oddly their results conflicted with mine in a major way. Knowing my test could not be that off and knowing I did them correctly I had to be suspect of the pool store results. They also then tried to sell me phosphate remover for a pretty penny. I was suspect so I bought only what I went up there for and came home and started researching. I quickly found and adored this place. I have since quickly moved into the realm of TFP maintenance on my pool.
I have since bought the 2006 test kit and added CYA along with Borates. Please tell me what I need to change on my signature to make it what it needs to read. Here is where I stand so far with my pool's water test:
JH (name initials)
5.455K Gal, AG Intex rubber pool, Type B cartridge filter in a Intex model T633 2,500 GPH single speed (½ HP?) pump, Installed 09/2014, SWG
FC - 2.5
CC - 2.5
pH - 7.4
TA - 110
CH - 120 (in a rubber pool this should not matter at all right?)
CYA - 50
Borates - 40???
I just wanted to ask about a few little details. I'm about to add Clorox to raise my FC. I'm torn on what my target should be. I read where 2.0 can be good for SWG pools and I've read that because I have conditioner I need to jack it way up to 5.0 I hear that because my TA is high my PH will go up so I'm not treating it to get it to 7.6 which is where I think I want it. Where can I get a good Borates Tester. I'm guessing I have this much based on putting in a certain quantity of PoolProof for this size of pool. I'd like to lower my TA to 70. I'd like to raise my CYA to 70.
I have read that my FC is my first concern but also read that it is also depends first on my TA level and borates quantity. My salt is at 3,000 ppm. Everything seems pretty good already. What should I fix first to make it more in line with good specs and then what would I go after next after i get part 1 in order.
I'm having a ton of fun with this pool already and am already gunning for a much bigger and more permanent pool later on but this is great practice and such a cheap start up cost! My kids love it almost as much as I do!
That is all for now. great to be hear and better to see all you folks here posting good info. Thanks!