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    Using the pool store not them using me

    I purchased a home with a in ground pool late last summer. I limped through the end of the season with the pool store but wasn't impressed with their help.

    I had them open the pool two weeks ago and found out they just dump in 4 bottles of shock, a bottle of algecide, and 2 bottles of pool magnet plus (metal inhibitor) without testing anything. This was the last straw!

    I purchased the TF-100 test kit. I am hesitant to raise the CYA too high becase I am not sure of the effect of my SWG run time and Free Chlorine. The pool store recommended running the pump 12 hours but I think thats where last years high chlorine issues stemmed from. I also have an auto cover and little kids so the pool is covered unless we are using it.


    FC 4.5 (After 1 week of not running the SWG)
    CC .5
    PH 7.2
    CH 150
    TA 120
    CYA 40
    Salt 2600
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    Re: Using the pool store not them using me

    Welcome to TFP Tom!!

    Overall, that looks pretty good. Salt is just a little low if that's correct. Are you concerned you'll have to run the cell too long with higher Cya?
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    Re: Using the pool store not them using me

    I'm concerned that my chlorine will go too high since I have my pool covered most of the time. If this happens and I have the higher CYA level for the SWG, it takes a long time for the FC level to drop. What's the purpose of the higher CYA level with the SWG?

    Are there any short cuts to figuring out the optimal pump run time?
    ~Tom
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    Re: Using the pool store not them using me

    Importantly, what does your water look like?
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    Re: Using the pool store not them using me

    Clear!
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    Re: Using the pool store not them using me

    Happy testing! If it were me, I would raise CYA and run the SWG less hours.
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    Re: Using the pool store not them using me

    Are the other test numbers "ok" while I'm figuring out the CYA and FC levels?
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    Re: Using the pool store not them using me

    Yep, you can work with those just fine. No shortcuts really, but one thing you need to watch is CC as well as FC when covered a lot. You can always leave the pool open some during the day. It won't take that long to help regulate the FC and CC.
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    Re: Using the pool store not them using me

    Salt is a little low, TA is a little high. But neither one requires immediate action.

    I would try running the pump 4 hours a day, see what happens, and continue adjusting from there.

    With the pool mostly covered, your chlorine demand very much depends on how much the pool gets used. That can cause problems with FC level management regardless of what the CYA level is. If the amount the pool gets used varies significantly from week to week, you will have to test FC and adjust the SWG frequently.

    Higher CYA levels allow the SWG to last longer. They are also more forgiving of FC level variations, as the FC level can get far higher when CYA is high before there is a problem.
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