I just started taking care of my own pool, to decrease pool service expenses. Owned a pool for a total of 5 months only. A pool service took care of the pool until now. So everything is NEW to me! I will read all the great info, but here are some urgent issues.
I just got the TF100 test kit. Here are the results:
Because I was thinking about converting the pool to salt water, to save money in the long run without spending a lot of time to maintain the pool (a bit scared of the task, really). a pool guy came over and took a water sample. He said everything is fine except
TDS 3600, but salt is 2500, so real TDS is 1100
CYA was 100
So my questions are:
According to the pool calculator, FC should be above 8. If I add bleach at night to minimize UV loss, how long do I need to keep the pump running? Right now the pump is only running from 9:30-4pm. Do I need to turn it on again to circulate chlorine or is it more energy efficient to just add it during the day while the pump is running. The previous pool guy said pump needs to be run only during the hottest time of the day. Anything pump run time at night is only additional? Won't that increase cost?
Does the pool need to be drained? CYA and CH high. Water cost a lot here. It's winter, should I wait until summer to drain pool and start fresh? The bottom line here is to minimize cost.
The pool guy mentioned to add phos remover. Your thoughts? Thanks so much!
25K gal IG, pebble tec chlorine pool
Sta-Rite SYSTEM 3 MODULAR MEDIA cartridge filter
1 Hp pump (Goldline), 125 GPM?