Search results

  1. G

    water trickling out the backwash line

    Last night when I went to turn the pump off, I discovered that we had lost an inch or two of water during the day and there was a big puddle of water near the backwash line. Earlier that day, my husband cleaned out the pump basket and mistakenly turned the pump back on when the Jandy lever that...
  2. G

    Accuracy of Taylor test strips

    I would like to purchase some test strips for my son to use when we go out of town. I want to make it easy for him to test since he is taking care of the pool for free. Taylor makes some test strips now that are supposed to be accurate, according to their website. Has anyone tried these...
  3. G

    How quickly does chlorine degrade after manufacturing date?

    A local store has 10% liquid chlorine on sale for $8.99 for 4 gallons, which is cheapest price I could find in my town. Manufacturing date was April 2nd, and it has probably been stored inside the store the whole time since I remember seeing it there in April. I plan on using it within 2 weeks...
  4. G

    Order to add chemicals

    I need to add muriatic acid, a bag of salt, and 20 pounds of calcium to my pool. (PH is 7.8 or 8.0, salt is 2800, CH is 130, FC is 5, CC is 0). I assume that I should add the muriatic acid first. After adding the muriatic acid, how long should I wait before adding either salt or calcium...
  5. G

    Vacation advice needed

    We are going on vacation for a week in June, and I need some advice on what I need to do to keep the pool from turning into a swamy mess while we are gone. We do not have a timer, so we can't run the pump and SWG a few hours a day, and I do not feel comfortable running the pump 24-7 while we...
  6. G

    backwashing during a SLAM

    Is it harmful to your sand filter to backwash often, or backwash when chlorine levels are really high? There is a tree next to my pool that is dumping seeds and tiny leaves into my pool constantly, so I'm concerned that I won't be able to clear this pool up unless I vacuum once a day during the...
  7. G

    Advice needed before I start a SLAM

    We opened up our pool yesterday, and the water so green that we can't see the bottom. I checked all of the chemicals with my Taylor K-2006 test kit and everything is within normal limits except for CYA which was 0, PH which is either 7.6 or 7.8, and CC which is .5. I was very surprised to see...
  8. G

    submersible pump advice needed

    I need to purchase a submersible pump to pump water out of my pool over the winter periodically when the water level gets close to the tile line. I've got a mesh cover that lets rain into my pool so I will probably have to pump water out several times over the winter to keep the water below the...
  9. G

    concerns regarding closing at shock level

    My pool professional wants to add an oxidizer, PH buffer, and a stain inhibitor to my pool before closing. From reading this forum, I know that I don't need these things since my pool is clear and balanced, so I told him that I would handle the chemicals myself this year. My water is already...
  10. G

    return fitting leak in a fiberglass pool

    This summer, one of my return fittings in my fiberglass pool started leaking. My pool was losing over 1/2" of water a day. In order to fix it, a pool professional had to drain my pool below the returns and put some silicone caulk around the fitting. He warned me that I might have to do this...
  11. G

    questions regarding adding PolyQuat

    A local pool professional is scheduled to come to my house on Friday to close my inground fiberglass pool. I've got a mesh cover so my pool professional is going to add PolyQuat to my pool since the cover lets in water and light. Last year, my pool was a swamp when it was opened back up so I...
  12. G

    balancing pool before closing

    I'm trying to get my pool balanced this week so I can close it before the leaves start dropping. I tested all of the chemicals and everything is within normal limits except CH which is only 100 and CYA which is 30. I need some advice on what levels to increase CH and CYA to since I have a mesh...
  13. G

    Closing a fiberglass inground pool with a mesh cover

    I have some questions about closing an inground fiberglass pool. 1. How much do you need to lower the water when closing it if you have a mesh cover and you plan on blowing out the lines, put in winterizing plugs, and a gizmo in the skimmer? Do you have to lower it below the returns since...
  14. G

    cleaning up pool after repairs

    A fiberglass pool professional repaired a crack in our fiberglass pool yesterday and a lot of water had to be drained out of the pool to repair it. There is a white substance floating at the top of the water now that we desperately need to vacuum up. The walls are also covered in a chalky...
  15. G

    preparing to drain pool for repairs

    A fiberglass pool professional is going to have to drain out more than half of the water out of my fiberglass pool to fix some cracks in the shell of the pool. We have really nice grass so I'm concerned about dumping out all of this pool water into the yard. Currently, my chlorine is at 4, CYA...
  16. G

    alternative ways of adding muriatic acid

    It is hard for me to get close enough to the return in the deep end to add muriatic acid slowly in front of the return jet as recommended on this site. Since I can't slowly add it in front of the return like recommended on here, what is the safest alternative way to add it? If I bought a new...
  17. G

    fiberglass pool leak detection

    ​My inground fiberglass pool is leaking approximately an inch a day with the pump on or with the pump off according to several bucket tests. My pool pro couldn’t find the source of the leak after dye testing my pool, so American Leak Detection is coming to our house today to pressure test the...
  18. G

    fiberglass pool appears to be leaking

    I am having to add water to my pool daily to keep the water level half way up the skimmer. I did a bucket test for 24 hours, running my pool normally, and I lost approximately 1/2" of water total. (With the pump on 12 hours during the day, I lost about 1/4" and with the pump off 12 hours at...
  19. G

    newbie with questions about adding salt

    It rained yesterday and now my SWG is flashing "low minerals" but it is generating chlorine. Taylor salt test says my salt level is 3000 but the SWG is only displaying a level of 2600. It looks like I need to add a bag of salt to get the "low minerals" light to go off. How long do you have to...
  20. G

    keeping water balanced while pool is leaking and water is being added daily

    It looks like my backwash pipe is leaking. It is going to be a few days before my pool company can fix it and I need to keep my pool balanced in the meantime without running the pump very often since it leaks with the pump on. I need to increase my CYA level so I was thinking about using...
  21. G

    pool is leaking after backwashing and cleaning out pump basket

    Last night, my husband vacuumed out the pool, backwashed and rinsed the sand filter, and cleaned out the pump basket. A few hours after doing this, I noticed that there were a lot of bubbles in the pump basket and water on the ground near the pump, and the sand filter appeared to be making...
  22. G

    newbie with questions regarding adding salt and chlorine to pool

    We got a lot of rain this week and now my saltwater generator is flashing "low minerals" which means my pool is now low on salt. It appears to be generating chlorine but it only got me to 3.5 today instead of 5.0 like it usually does according to my Taylor K-2006 chlorine test. I assume this is...
  23. G

    help determining CH and CYA level

    I’m having trouble interpreting the results of the calcium and CYA tests. When I did the calcium test, I used a 10 ml sample, using the directions on this site, instead of the 25 ml sample like suggested on my Taylor K-2006 kit. After 3 drops, it turned purple, and then after 4 drops it...
  24. G

    Newbie with questions on how to clean out pump basket

    Occasionally when I clean out my pump basket, my pump loses prime. I’m a newbie so I’m wondering if I am doing something incorrectly to cause this. My pump is Century Centurion single-speed pump that is approximately 14 years old, and my sand filter is a Hayward Pro Series S244T that appears to...
  25. G

    Questions regarding adding calcium to pool

    My CH level is only 100 according to my K-2006 test kit. I have an older fiberglass pool with water line tile so it looks like I need to increase it to 220 to protect my tile grout according to information on this site. Before I add this to my pool, I have some questions that I was hoping...
  26. G

    Daily FC loss of 4 after increasing CYA

    My pool passed the OCLT several days ago. On Thursday, I increased my CYA to 70 with liquid stabilizer (it was 30 previously) and added 3 bags of salt to my pool so I could start using my SWG. Yesterday afternoon, I added one more bag of salt since my salt level still wasn’t high enough. When...
  27. G

    Newbie with questions on my SWG system

    This is the first year that we have managed our saltwater pool ourselves so I have a few questions about our Bioguard Mineral Springs saltwater generator that I'm hoping someone can answer for me. 1. When you add salt to the pool, do you always have to wait 24 hours before turning the...
  28. G

    how to apply liquid stabilizer

    It says on the bottle that you can add liquid stabilizer to the skimmer or distribute it around the perimeter of the pool. The pool store recommends putting it in the skimmer because they claim it will distribute faster that way. If I apply it to the skimmer, will I be able to backwash my...
  29. G

    Questions about CYA level in salt water pools

    I have to increase my CYA so I can turn my saltwater generator back on. I was advised on here to bump up my level to 70. This makes me very nervous because I use Triclor pucks occasionally on weekends when I go away, or when I leave for a week on my annual vacation. I don't feel comfortable...
  30. G

    Need advice on chemicals needed before turning on SWG after passing OCLT test

    We finally passed the OCLT last night so it looks like the algae is finally gone. Before I turn on my saltwater generator, I need to know what chemicals need to be tweaked beforehand. I tested the water with my new Taylor K-2006 test kit, and had my water tested at a pool store that uses a...