Hi guys, I'm Steve. New here. My Fiancee and I just recently closed on a house last week and have since been having issues with the pool. It's a 27,000 gallon inground pool, vinyl liner, DE filter + heater + Polaris. So anyway, for the water issues.
My Dad who has had a pool for years has been trying to help me out but his pool seems to always just kind of test perfect and have no issues and neither of us could figure out what is going on with my pool. The numbers seemed to fluctuate daily with the test strips he had purchased, the only constant was no FC. So, after researching a bunch I went out and bought the Taylor K-2006 which came today. So I did the tests after work and came up with the following numbers:
FC - 0
CYA - 100
PH - 7
TA - 60
CH - Unsure, I was really confused by this test as it tells you to just keep adding drops until it turns blue and I had added about 20 drops and it wasn't turning blue and I didn't wanna waste the whole testing bottle as I bought the smaller kit for now. I realized after that I could do a 10mL test instead of 25mL and use a lot less solution. So I'm going to rerun this one tomorrow morning. But I really wanted to get this post out there to see what I should do.
I used Poolcalculator.com which pretty much said drain 60% of your water and try again. My main worry is draining like 15,000 gallons of water into a neighborhood I just moved into at risk of flooding half the neighborhood. Cause that's A LOT of water.
From what I can understand, besides the fact that my PH is pretty low, my CH is probably pretty high I'm guessing (I got to at least 350 on the drop count before I stopped with no signs turning to blue) and my CC is high I think? I essentially have to drain the pool because there's no way to get rid of the CYA short of draining the water.
Luckily, I do have a well that my outside hoses utilize, so I won't be paying for the water which is nice. But I'm just trying to figure out if there's anyway to fix this issue without draining half the pool, mainly cause I was really hoping to use the pool this Memorial Day weekend as it's supposed to be really nice Sunday, Monday & Tuesday (off Tuesday). Currently the pool isn't green or cloudy or anything. It actually looks perfectly clean, it's just not testing well. I'm guessing it's not getting very dirty yet due to the fact that before today when the testing kit came we just kept dumping shock into the pool trying to get the FC level to break open.
Any help would be much appreciated, even if the help is "Sorry bud, drain it or keep dumping gallons of bleach into the pool every few days".
Thanks a bunch,