I've got some ideas and want to run them by you experienced folks. Just closed on the house today. Was all excited to go swimming right after but tested the water first with the TF 1000 kit. The water is a little cloudy and vinyl is stained a bit. No stains, or no stains on the bottom and the stains on the seats n stairs were lighter I think, when we viewed the house. I guess I didn't really notice on final walk through and didn't think it would be deal breaker. My first time testing so I did it twice. Topped off the pool between tests because I noticed air coming out the jets and the suction was gurglin.
Here's the deal:
Figure the pool is about 2120 cubic foot, about 16k gallons. I want to be the BBB newbie master...
I think we'd like the chlorine to be 2 or so. So we need to add the chlorine. Pool calculator says add 50oz bleach. I'm keen on that. Actually poured in about 2cups or 16 fl oz of liqui shock from SMART which I read is 10% chlorine. Did that when it got dark...
but before I go adding chlorine, I gotta fix ph right? Muriatic acid? 131oz. I picked up 2 boxes of that mule team borax... can I use some of that? The pool calc is not showing but mentions borax. I gotta get ph down for the chlorine I add to be effective and I don't wanna swim in 8.2. My hanna ph/tds/ec tester crapped out on me a year ago and I'll get another. Don't like trying to match ph to color... but that's beside...
TA should go down with pH if I understand correct so I don't adjust that.
Would tds/ec give me a good reading on calcium content? I'll research it later and compare against the chem test to develop a working range in the future.
speaking of calcium, we appear to be high and the water is cloudy. then again cya is high too - so that could be a combo punch or one or the other? Calculatlor says drain 56% of my water to hit 200. I do not really want to drain that much. But I will if I have to. Can I make it through the season, close the pool, then drain on opening next season? I'm in NC and expect to swim til september or so.
there seems to be a little algae trying to fight through as well. There are stains developing; not sure if it's that black stuff that comes from under the vinyl or mustard, but I can work on that later.
So I want to drain 46% of the water to start to deal with ca and cya. Fill er back up. Maybe clean the light calcium build up on the top side water line under the coping and scrub some stain on the stairs and buddy seat while I'm at it. After full, test again. I think chlorine will be low. pH should change so we'll see where its at then. Shock it, how much Bleach ya think? Go on from there for CYA n what not.
Will this be good?