I have been reading the forums for a while and really wanted to post some questions but wasn't ready to do so as I didn't actually have a pool yet.
We closed on our home last Thursday which included our first pool. My parents had an inground for a few years when I was a teenager but I never really helped with it before going away to college.
I live in Central Florida (I don't remember if I have updated my location yet)
A few images of what I have are attached.
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I have no idea how the previous owner maintained. The water is clear though but because I just took ownership Thursday and had to wait until my TF100 came in, I have done nothing chemical wise. So, whatever the previous owner last did has been it. They also left 0 chemicals behind so my assumption is they had a pool service.
My first round of test results looked like this:
Granted, this was my first time doing this so I am not sure how accurate these number really are. How bad do these look? I performed the tests in the afternoon (~2pm) and the pump was running at the time. One question I had with the tests was with the color changing aspect of the samples. When adding drops to get the color to change to x, are you supposed to add until it STAYS that color or just changes? With most of them I would add until it achieved the desired color then set it down to move on. I then noticed it would start drifting back to th original color as it wasn't being swirled. Does that mean I need to add more so that it stays whatever color it is supposed to change to?
I really need help with a few things:
1. The valves (grey valves in the first picture.) I have no idea what the middle and right valve are for. The left valve controls 3 fan sprayers on the back wall of the pool that spray up. The pool has a vacuum (unsure of model or brand but it doesn't work all that well) that seems to be somewhat controlled by the middle valve. However, if I turn it too far or not far enough the vacuum stops moving. I am really not sure where the valves should be (call me stupid but I am unsure what is "on" and what is "off" here)
2. When should the vacuum run? All the time with the pump? Everything is currently on a timer and the pump runs for 8 hours per day.
3. It has rained a lot in the past 3 days and the water level is high. Where should it be and how do I go about draining some water?
4. Are there any other basic maintenance items I should perform on the equipment? The pressure gauge works. It is at 0 with the pump off then around 10psi with it running.