Hello TFP folks!
This is the first house I've owned/lived in with a pool. The last few years have been a systematic series of trial, error, successes, and massive failures. I've often thought I had things going just fine and then wound up having to call in professionals to clean up after me. And I've tried to ask as many questions of them when they come, but my education is spotty and reaction-based at best. I want to become a more pro-active and confident pool owner.
Because of decades of built up staining, slow leaks, and erratic care we had our white plaster pool refinished with Sunstone Quartz (in a medium-dark blue color) last summer. And I hope to have a jandy valve and return line replaced on my pump soon to help with some issues I've had losing prime.
But to start off here I'd like to ask for guidance about my pool levels. I have a "Complete Poolcare DPD Test Kit" from Leslie's and have just recently begun using some "Smart Test 4-way Combo" strips for quick and dirty numbers. This afternoon I used the test kit and here are the levels I noted:
ph 7.0 (base demand test: 7 drops to pH 7.4-7.6, corresponds in booklet for the addition of ~8 lbs of soda ash)
With all the rain and debris I've had making a b-line to my pool over the past few weeks, it's been tricky to keep up. The pool water at least now looks great (clear and debris-free) but I have some staining that I can't seem to scrub clean and I want to get ahead of this before things go further South--particularly with regards to having a ~0 chlorine reading (in spite of shocking the pool recently & repeatedly with both liquid and granular shock).
Please let me know what other measurements I need to take or if this is enough to go on. Just looking for guidance on where to start!
Thanks so much!