hi all, I just took title to my first house with a pool, it was a foreclosure and the pool had been out of commission for 8-9 months.
it's a 10kgallon pool.
It has a tab feeder.
I replaced the motor as it was seized and rusted out. running nicely now.
water was reasonably clear but there was a lot of algaeo bloom clumps.
ordered TF100, first reading showed chlorine as none, CYA showed up as none (could see the black dot the whole time), CH was around 400? TA - was like 70. didn't put much stock in this because it was with nothing done with the pool.
started with a brushing and vacuuming to get as much clumpage as I could.
I went to leslies and bought some 2.5 gal jugs of 12.5% - dumped one in and brushed again - pool pump going about 14 hrs a day. After this, algae was "diced up" and pool was cloudy with "shaved ice" looking flecks of stuff.
put in some Pool First Aid, left pump running and that cleared up a lot of the debris.
dumped more chlorine a couple of days later, brushed. little more pool first aid. more brushing. pretty much all clumpage gone except for some in main drain needs to be brushed and vacuumed.
did another set of tests after:
CYA: still clear
forgot to take PH
so my issue and desires:
I don't live here yet and will not be able to go here everyday to dump chlorine maybe for a couple of months.
The high CH leads me to believe that the tabs used in the feed previously were cal hypo? reasonable assumption?
I would eventually like to install a SWG, but that may be a while down the line. I would like to get this under control and be able to swim in it once in a while if I'm at the house. I was thinking about using trichlor in the feeder and just be careful not to get the CYA too high and figured since I'm clear on the CYA I could get away with using the feeder for a while to just maintain it until I install SWG or move in and can just use liquid chlorine.
is the high CH indicative of cal hypo? If that's the case am I able to use trichlor tabs in the feeder? no tabs have been in there in almost a year and I've been running the pump the last week or so and not used tablets or antyhig. Is there any danger of dropping some triclor tabs in there for the time being? is it safe to assume it's all rinsed out by now if it was caly hypo?
high ch, only managable with a partial drain right? part of me thinks I should just live the life on trichlor tabs with the feeder until CYA gets to a slightly higher level, do a partial drain to get CYA and CH lower and then install SWG and then atone for my sins and walk the straight and narrow.
any issue with the plan?
thanks in advance