Ok - so I rented a home beginning June 1 that has a pool. The landlord, who was in a rush to get out of the country, gave me about a 20 minute tutorial with such amazing advice as "You never need to test the water, just drop a chlorine puck in each skimmer basket every week or two."
Anyway, I have had a laundry list of issues arise - so I'll start from the beginning and hopefully get some good feedback.
1) about a week ago the multi-port valve had a bad gasket and water ended up leaking out the waste line 1 night - which led to the water dropping below the skimmers - which led to the pump sucking air.
2) after adding more water into the pool and replacing the gasket - it worked better, but I noticed that the pump's skimmer basket was churning water now instead of it being flat inside the cover. Also, it seems that the filter pressure is lower then it used to be. I'd say down 7 - 8 psi from where I remember it being.
3) It seems that while the pump ran dry it may have heated up and warped the plumbing going into and out of the pump - as I have noticed water leaking out from around these connections. Does that sound plausible? And could this be part of problem #2?
4) While backwashing the filter and moving the multi port valve around it seems that it has caused the new gasket to become stretched on one of the spokes, and issue #1 occurred again.
Anyway, I am having the multi port valve replaced, as well as the 3 valves on the suction lines (2 skimmers 1 main drain) as I found stripped machine screws holding them together.
On top of that whole air in the system issue...3 days ago I found my pool had turned green. So much for the just putting a chlorine puck every other week. However, to make a long story short I just got the Taylor test kit today and these are my levels:
FC - 11 ppm
CC - 0 ppm
pH - 7.2
TA - 70 ppm
CH - 180 ppm
CA - ~60 ppm
I know I'm close on some tests to where I want to be, and way off on others. Anyway, I just wanted to drop a line here and hopefully get some feedback to keep me motivated because right now this pool and I seem to be in a battle. Also, I would love to hear suggestions about anything you can think to tell me.
Also, I am having a party next Saturday - what are the chances you guys think I can have this beast tamed in a week? Currently the water is clear colorwise, but cloudy enough that I just barely can't see the bottom of the deep end. Do I need to keep the shock level going, or should I let the FC level come back down?