Good day to the experts!
We just purchased our first home and moved in last week. We are thrilled and could not be more excited about the pool. Knowing we were going to be pool owners for the last few months I have done a ton of research and decided I wanted to go with the TFP/BBB method of pool maintenance. One walk through the local pool store looking at their prices had me convinced.
Moving on to the important details:
I received my TF100 kit last night and ran all the tests this morning.
FC - 4.5
CC - 0.5
CH - 550-650 (Tap water was 200)
TA - 180
CYA - 100-120
PH - 8.2
Temp - 85
Clearly the previous owners used tablets as evidenced by the high cya and empty buckets in the shed.
The pool does have a little algae on the sides and I have been brushing daily, the water is clear and generally looks good. I had been dumping a jug of Clorox in every evening for the last week while waiting for the kit to arrive and that has helped tremendously.
I have read pool school in depth and many other threads, so I have a good idea that a Slam is in my future and a water exchange.
So my question is where do I start with attempting to level and stabilize the pool?
My other issue is with the DE filter, I took it all apart last night and hosed everything down. The pressure gauge was broken so I ordered and installed a new one from TFT. Now my pressure displays over 25psi and I haven't even add the DE yet. Is there anyway that once I add it the pressure will drop? That seems counterintuitive to me, so what could possibly be wrong with the filter. I did backwash again once it was all together and the pressure did not change.
Thanks in advance for all the help!!