May I jump in here for some related advice? I am a TOTAL newbie (both to caring for a pool and in regard to this website), and our 20 year-old in-ground pool just tested out as follows:
TH -- 100
FC -- 0 (yes... zero...)
Br -- 0
pH -- 7.3
TA -- 80
CYA -- 0
We began renting this home 2 weeks ago, and have only now just turned our attention to the pool (which is theoretically being tended to by a "pool guy" once weekly...) -- are these numbers even possible? My husband insists I performed the test wrong, but being a chem major with a doctorate in pharmacology, I'm inclined to disagree. I read over the "sticky" related to analyzing these values, but am easily confused. Not to mention a tad lazy.
The pool has a springheel infestation (which I have been treating with the dilute Dawn solution with pretty impressive results -- though I STILL may rip out our adjacent sod with my bare teeth if they keep up the way they have...), and an extremely unmotivated vacuum that crawls around scrubbing exactly 2 square feet of the deepest part of the pool. We would eventually like to USE the darned thing (as would our 3 kids), but in its current condition, we'd rather wait for a cold day in **** to do so. Being that it is an extremely hot day in the (S.F.) valley, does anyone have some advice for us? (NOTE: Major language barrier between us and the "pool guy"... unfortunate...) (NOTE #2: Please forgive any breaches of etiquette in this posting -- I am new to the whole "forum" notion, and am open to constructive criticism...) Thanks to anyone who has time to point us in the right direction!