I've got a new pool (first time pool owner too), opened this year in February. At this point, I've been doing the best I can getting the CYA up. But feel that something isn't quite adding up...
I understand patience is the name of the CYA game: sock-it-up in the skimmer, let it dissolve for about a day or two, then wait for about a week before testing CYA so the reading is accurate. A slow process....
So, in the last four months, I've added a total of 11.5lbs of granular CYA, but I'm still hovering between 40-50ppm on the test. I used pool math in reverse, and it indicates that I should be at about 120ppm based on the amount of CYA added for the gallons I've got. I realize this isn't an ideal method of gauging where I'm at - but it's what's handy!
We've received about 15 inches of rain in the Central Florida area in the four months (average-ish), but that's not necessarily accurate for me at home (rainfall can be hit-or-miss around here). So, the pool is being diluted some.
I'm typically on the lower side of scale for chlorine where I'd prefer to be a little on the higher side, especially since the pool is over 80degrees now. I test regularly but feel like I'm having to make frequent adjustments.
Thanks in advance!