20K Gallon IG vinyl
Boston Ma, full sun all day
TC 8.5 / CC .5 (first thing this AM after last night's bleach dose)
Pool currently excellent clarity
In past years, combining Tri-Chlor pucks with reliance on simple OTO tests advising 1.0 to 3.0 Min-Max levels has not worked well. I was (I think) always under-chlorinated with algae spots, and the Min-Max scale (I've learned) does not account for CYA levels. This year, I'm going with nightly bleach. Here's my plan... please confirm I'm on the right track, or offer corrections where appropriate.
1. Keep Chlorine no less than 3 (maybe even 4 with 45 CYA and full sun??).
2. Add Chlorine each evening so it can sanitize overnight before the sun hits it next day.
3. Establish typical daily chlorine consumption by testing (FAS/DPD) a few cycles over several mornings and evenings:
- each evening (before chlorine addition) to get a daily baseline
- early each morning to determine overnight sanitizing consumption
A few of these cycles should tell me what is lost overnight sanitizing, what is lost each day to sun and sanitizing, and combining the two I'd get typical total daily consumption.
4. Using Calculator, determine typical nightly Chlorine dose needed based on typical daily consumption to stay near but above minimum level while adding enough for daily consumption.
Is this basically what those of you who use bleach do? Do you test every night, or establish typical daily bleach dosage and then only test every 3 days or so? Do you adjust chlorine dosage up or down based on swimmer load and/or sun/overcast? If so, how much affect would, for example, 5 adult swimmers for 2 hours affect consumption? At CYA of 45, how much is consumption affected by a day of full sun versus overcast-or-rain? And how does significant rain (say > 1/4 inch) affect Chlorine consumption?
I'm not as anal as I sound, but I'm trying to establish some baselines so if I'm out of town, I can give reasonably simple instructions to neighbors on how much bleach to put in each night with dosage adjustments for heavy use, sun, overcast or rain.
Thanks for youre indulgance of this post.