I have an IG pool about 12k gallons and the rest I've added to my sig per the site's recommendations. I had a "professional" come over and setup the pool for the season, this was after being told by a pool inspector during escrow that the pool would need a drain/chlorine cleaning and then fill for several hundred dollars. I ended up going with another pool guy who said he could balance the pool and remove some minor discoloration in the plaster for a couple hundred dollars... well my mistake I guess.
There is some minor discoloration on the floor and walls of the pool, and calcium around the tile at the water's edge, but the water looks very clear/blue and unless you look closely wouldn't know that anything is wrong. The professional I had balance the pool used citric acid and another chemical I believe to remove most of the discoloration of the plaster.
From what I was told during disclosures the previous owners were paying a company to keep the pool clean and levels correct but after running the TFT kit, I think the previous owners and the pool guy I ended up paying to "set me up" definitely did not have the pool setup correctly and maybe the Inspector was the only guy telling the truth, although he also seemed like he was trying to get me to renovate everything on the pool and the nickel/diming on the estimates got old really fast. (New Certified Drains, UV Paint on the Cartridge canister, new pump motor, new skimmer float valve etc etc)
At this point I'm trying to do this on my own because everyone I've tried to use seem to be trying to rip me off, so here goes.
Based on the TFT readings I think I really am looking at a drain/fill of the pool, in the middle of a major CA drought... I wouldn't know the first thing about where to start and am looking for guidance from you all. But enough talking here are the readings I got. Any recommendations from you all would be greatly appreciated.
Cl/BR - 5/10
Total Alkalinity Test:
Here are some pic's to give you an idea that to look at the pool you wouldn't know anything is wrong, unless you look really close or look at the TFT readings.
Ignore my wife's legs, this is the best picture I could find to show the water's color/clarity after paying a professional:
This was during our house warming - The pool got a little cloudy with everyone in it splashing and jumping around but cleared right up the next day:
A couple of over-exposed shot the listing agent took when the house went up for sale originally: