This is my first post. i have been caring for our pool for 16 years, blindly following the advise of our local pool store until my neighbor suggested I check out the Trouble Free Pool site. I just tested my water for the first time with my new Taylor K-2006 test kit. These are my results:
C.C. - 0
F.C. - 8
CYA - 200 (I had to dilute my sample with half tap water and multiply my result by 2 to come up with that number as suggested in other forms)
P.H. - 7.7
T.A. - 130
C.H. - 750
I have not added anything to my pool for about 10 days, that was when I added the last of my pool store granular chlorine, pucks, and phos-free. I want to switch to the Trouble Free system, but I am not sure where to start. I know the first step would probably be to lower the CYA, but I am afraid that that will involve renting a pump to drain at least half of my pool water (the last time our pool was drained completely was in April of 2009 when it was re-plastered). On some forums it mentioned that draining a pool in warm, sunny weather was not a good idea (we live in Texas and are heading into our hot months). Should I wait until the fall? What should I do in the mean time?
I have never had any problems maintaining the chlorine, PH, and Alkalinity levels using my small pool store test kit. Our water is generally crystal clear, but I sometimes get a little bit of yellow algae on the walls on one side of the pool. I have some there now. The algae always goes away when I shock and brush the walls.