Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: New and some questions...

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    46

    New and some questions...

    Hello all, so I am new to having a pool and the TFP method and so far so good (knock on wood) my numbers are great, I am really getting the hang of it. BUT some questions,

    1. My husband and I both work full time, so we check our pool numbers at night (around 7:00 pm) and add when we need to so we have our pump run from 4:00-9:00 pm because I believe that pump needs to be on when you add chemicals correct?

    2. On weekends, we use the pool the most, pretty much all day. I like the pump on to clear everything out before I use it, so I usually manually put it on in the morning, and it usually runs all day, is that ok, that during the week its on only at night and weekends, its on more like almost 12 hours?

    3. Should I test the water around the same time every day? So on Friday, it will be around 7:00 pm but the weekends I am home, can I do it at 10:00 am on Saturday, or should it be around the same time every day?

    I am sorry if these are silly questions, I have to admit I am pretty proud of myself, because my pool looks awesome and clear, and I just want to make sure I am doing everything in my power to keep it that way!!
    5,700 gallon, Carribean Isle 15x52 Round Above Pool.
    Cartridge Filter.
    Installed Fall, 2014.
    North New Jersey
    Using the TF100 test

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Mod Squad tim5055's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    8,495

    Re: New and some questions...

    I would say yes to all your chemical questions. Its not the end of the world if you test and adjust at a slightly different time on the weekends. The important part is that the chlorine level stay above the minimum for your CYA level.

    I would recommend you check the instructions that came with your pool and pump as some above ground pool pums should not run when there are people in the water.
    TFP Moderator 39 X 18 23,000(ish) freeform gunite; built 2007ish; Pentair Triton II TR100 600lb Sand filter; 2 HP Pentair pump with 2.2 HP AO Smith single speed motor; 2 skimmers, 1 main drain, 4 returns w/waterfall, Stenner 45MHP2 3GPD running@ 60% - 15 gal Tank; heated by the sun CYA 200+ when I started - 50 now. Dolphin Supreme M5 Pool Cleaner. Hot Springs SX Spa, 285 gallon

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Mod Squad pooldv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    DFW, TX
    Posts
    23,999

    Re: New and some questions...

    Welcome to TFP! Congrats on the new pool! And extra congrats for it being awesome and clear!

    Yes, best to have the pump on when adding chemicals, see link below on recommended chemicals and how to add them. It is not that important to test at the same time every day. It is most important to make sure that your chlorine level does not drop below the minimum level for your CYA level on the Chlorine / CYA Chart. There are no silly questions!

    Do you have one of the Recommended Test Kits? I use the TF100 from tftestkits.net.

    Here are some of my fave Pool School articles in case you missed any of them.
    TFPC for Beginners
    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry

    Here are the Recommended Levels for your pool.
    Here are the Recommended Pool Chemicals and how to add them.
    Use PoolMath to figure out how much to add.
    TFP Moderator
    If TFP helped you or saved you money - Become a TFP Supporter! <--Click here
    2012 build and pics, 20k gal gunite, black onyx pebblesheen, OK flagstone, IntellifoVS, cart filter w/Pleatco, IC40 SWG, Solartouch, 5 12'x4' solar panels, HP50HA heat pump, 8mil solar cover, borates, TF-100 test kit, SONOS, Doheny's Discovery Robot, hot tub on bleach

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    46

    Re: New and some questions...

    Thank you for the responses! Yes, I have the TF100 test kit, I need to put that in my signature line. Is it ok to some days have the pump on for 5 hours and some days (weekends) having it on for 9 hours?
    5,700 gallon, Carribean Isle 15x52 Round Above Pool.
    Cartridge Filter.
    Installed Fall, 2014.
    North New Jersey
    Using the TF100 test

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Patrick_B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Midland TX
    Posts
    15,001

    Re: New and some questions...

    Sure it is. It's really limited to only by what you want to spend running it.
    TFP Moderator
    Essential Links:
    ABC's Of Pool Chemistry, Test Kits, SLAM Your Pool
    28K Gal IG FreeForm, CLI Quartz, Pentair 36"SF & VS Pump, Dolphin M5, Rheem

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •