As the title says, we have had this house/pool for just a bit over ten years and the thing has literally been the bane of my existence. So much so that I didn't even try to open it last summer and ended up letting it go to **** over the past year.
I stumbled upon this site about a week ago and have decided to give this method a chance.
Steps I took before reading about TFP:
- Scooped out and vacuumed most of the debris (dead yucky stuff) from the pool.
- Added a lot of Clorox brand shock (Trichloro-s-triazinetrione) and got the pool back from a deep forest green into the lighter milky green it is now.
Day One of the TFP Method
After I read about TFP:
Ordered the Taylor 2006 kit from Amazon and got these results.
Hardness: 900 (expected as we have very hard water here)
Total Chlorine: 1
Free Chlorine: 0-0.5
PH: 6.2 (need to get this up)
CYA: 120 (also expected as I have been using pucks for years)
So as I understand it, First orders of business are to bring down the CYA and to balance the PH.
Plan right now is to pump out and replace about 6000 gallons to get the CYA into the 70-80 range (a bit high but needed I think for dealing with the strong southeast Texas sun) and then get the PH back in line. After that comes the bleach.
Normally I would use soda ash for raising the PH but wanted to make sure that wasn't a TFP "no-no" before picking up the supplies.
So before I head out to the store, What is my shopping list?
Right now I would guess, Soda Ash and at least 20 gallons of bleach. Yes/no?