OK, first post with numbers on the new pool. And a big thank you for the education over the past year! Everything y'all said would happen, happened...and I was prepared for it!
The pool has been up and running since Friday night. Some basics about my fill water...
I've not tested for metals, but doubt I have any in the municipal water supply. No fouling of my house plumbing at all.
I started hitting the pool with Muriatic acid as soon as the filter/pump were running and got the pH in line down to about 7.4 by the next morning. It was above 8.2 at the very beginning. I started the deck jets and waterfalls to get some aeration happening to lower the TA and added a little chlorine via bleach and some Trichlor tabs the next day (1-2 ppm). The pool was crystal clear initially until I started brushing the plaster. It took a couple days to clear up, but now it's nice & clear again. I did add some DE powder to the cartridge filter. So far I've added 8 lbs of CYA and I have a Trichlor floater in the pool until I can get the SWCG activated in a month.
My numbers as of this morning are:
pH= 7.8 (added 43 oz MA to bring down to 7.4)
CYA= 30-35 (still getting used to this test)
Water temp hovering at 86-90 degrees
Any thoughts on these numbers would be appreciated.
I have to go back offshore for a couple weeks next monday. I have a very good friend that will be pool sitting for me 2-3 times/week. I plan on leaving the CYA where it is for now and continuing with the Trichlor floater and a little supplemental bleach until I get home next time and can activate the SWCG. I will get the AutoPilot Total Control activated today or tomorrow(hopefully) to start controlling the pH.
I have a couple questions regarding TA, CH and CYA. I've reduced my TA to 100-110 by lowering pH and aerating. Should I continue lowering this below 100 or leave it alone for now? I'll be using Trichlor/bleach for the month.
Regarding CH, since CH is similiar to CYA in that it does not dissipate, should I leave it at 280 for now and gradually creep up over time as I have to fill?
Regarding CYA, same issue here. Since I'll be using Trichlor for a month, should I leave it a little low (30-35) for now and let it creep up for the month until the SWCG is activated?
Thoughts? and thanks again for all the education up to this point...