We're still a few weeks away from opening, but I wanted to test the water to get a feel where things are at. My numbers shocked me. Here they are:
The water is still pretty cold (maybe 50), but I let the sample get up to room temperature (let's say 72). What's shocking to me is the ph level and the drop in cya over the winter. Last year, the water had a pretty constant ph of 7.4. I keep the cya pretty high since we're in full sun so it was 80 at the end of the season. My alk reading at the end of last season was 110 and my cal was 200.
I expected the levels to be down because of the drain off (about 16"), but this much?
I used an ammonia test that I have for my aquariums and it showed 0 ammonia...so I think that's a good sign (if an aquarium test be counted on to measure pool water). I did all the tests twice (with new reagents) just to make sure of my numbers.
The water is relatively clear--can see the bottom but has some cloudiness to it.
Am I getting uptight for nothing, or do I have a reason to be concerned?