Already learned more than I knew about pools just from finding and digging through TFP for a week.
I am new homeowner/pool owner trying to figure out the chemistry thing.
Followed the TFP recommendation and purchased one of the Taylor test kits and received it the other day.
First Test Results. Water clarity at 8.5 (10 being crystal clear)
FC - 7
PH - 7.2
Alk - 100
Cal - 150
CYA - 55
I have an automatic chlorinator that takes 3" tabs.
From what I understand (and how the pool looks), my test results are fairly decent. What I don't really understand is maintaining and tracking chlorine usage and requirements. Obviously don't ever let the pool run out of chlorine but how do I regulate and know what I have to add on a daily basis. As long as the auto-chlorinator has tabs in it, everything should be pretty stable, right???
Before I found TFP, I wasn't even aware of CYA. I was always just using a simple test kit. From my readings, it sounds like the most important factor in the water test ends up being the CYA after all. From this you establish your FC goal and thus your shock and algae shock levels. So... where does CYA come from?? How do you know where to start?? How do I know if CYA of 55 is even good??
TIA for your time and help.