I've been lurking about for several weeks reading, rereading, and reading things over again!
I did order and finally get my TF-100 today ( DHL ... TFTestkits), and now have actual real and useful information to post and question.
pH 7.2 (more on this later...UGH)
According to the Clorine/CYA chart I should raise my clorine almost double.
According to the things I am reading here, I am terrified to think what my CYA levels were before this year and all the rain we have had. Does my CYA need to be lowered, or is it best just to keep it where it is and be mindful of keeping the pool more clorinated?
If I understand what I have read here, having a high T/A level tends to increase your pH levels. Am I correct in this assumption? If that is the truth, does anyone have any best guesses as to why it's been so difficult to get my pH raised this year. When we started the year it was lower than 6.8 according to testing. (The color was closer to a dark yellow than to the almost orange of the indicator on the kit.)
Thank you for any and all knowledge you folks can share. This is the first year we have tried the BBB method. We are about 40 miles from the nearest pool store so this is an amazing boon for us.
Just a bit about our pool use (hopefully the statics are added correctly into my signature). My husband and I share a home with my sister and five of her six children. My parents live next door and two of my teenage neices live with them. My brother and his three children live one block down the street. I have an young adult neice that spends every other weekend with my parents. The family living in this house use our pool every single day from early morning to late evening. The family next door use our every day, at least once a day. The family living down the block use our pool at least once a week. So we have a LOT of pool traffic! And it's important to us to keep it clean and safe for all of us.
Thanks again for any help!