I wasn't certain where to place this query.
First, many thanks to troublefreepool.com and poolcalculator.com. The house we bought last year came with an in-ground pool. What I learned and applied from these sites removed the stress and saved many dollars last year and this year (so far).
I had a serious algae problem when I opened the pool this year because I opened it much later than originally planned. I've beat that as prescribed here and the pool looks great. However, between the back-washes after vacuuming out the dead algae and the lack of rain, my pool level is rather low. It's still skimming effectively. However, our long range forecast doesn't show much rain for the next several weeks.
Our water is hard well water.
The pool is:
- 36,000 gallons
- vinyl liner
- sand filter
- trichlor feeder and I tweak the levels with liquid chlorine (12.5%)
All levels are within TroubleFeePool range except:
TA - 150
TH - <50
(CYA - 30; PH - 7.5; FC - 4; TC - 4)
If I were to add 1,000 gallons of our well water (it's very hard water - we're in Dutchess County, NY - the foothills of the Appalachians), what's the best way to proceed?
My initial thought is to take a sample of the well water to one the local pool stores (Leslie Pools) and have it tested for the metal levels. However, they will recommend a solution and I would appreciate some guidance on how to listen to them.
Or should I just get the metal levels and post them here before deciding on how to proceed?