I got my pool installed in 2011. The installer got me started on a mineral system. (They do not like chlorine). It was a miserable first 2 years. Algae blooms, constant brushing and cleaning. Hated it. Tried Phos Free. That was worse. Clogged up my filter and had to do a complete clean out. Talked to the installer before opening this year to see what I could do to fix my problems and they say they were no longer using the mineral system but switching to Pristine Blue. He suggested I read up on it first then get my kit from them.
I did my research and found this site through the course of it. Best thing I ever found! Got the test kit and I opened my pool using the method described here. I cannot thank you guys enough. My pool has been practically zero maintenance this year. No algae at all. Just clear blue perfect water. I typically add about 32oz of chlorine daily. On really hot days and lots of swimming I add about 48oz daily. I lose about 2 ppm of chlorine a day. Now for the questions...
My current numbers:
FC 3.5 (Its normally low in the morning before I add my chlorine for the day)
CC < .5 (barely turned pinkish. One drop of reagent brought it back to clear)
Since opening in May, my numbers have been rock solid every time I test. They stay in sync with the recommendations from Pool Math. I test in the morning everyday before adding my chlorine. I normally get the following:
FC 3.5 - 5.5 It all depends on hot & sunny or cloudy and raining.
CC 0 - .5
The last two weeks my CYA has jumped from 40 up to 55. My TA went from 60 to 70. I don't get why these numbers are going higher. I have been getting liquid chlorine from Leslie's Pools since May. Its 12.5%. The label does not state it has any stabilizer in it. I do not use any pucks. I have not added anything to the pool but the liquid chlorine. The only difference is that I ran out of reagents for the CYA testing and ordered more from here. I have been using the new reagents the last few weeks. Any thoughts as to why my numbers would be changing?
Thanks. Love my pool this year!!!!