Finally got my Tayler K-2006 Kit.. Interpretation?

kyle6367

Member
May 25, 2020
6
North Haven, Ct
Hey all,
I posted a few days ago after I opened my pool with some chemistry results received from Leslies since my own kit hadn't arrived yet. Today it finally arrived with the following results.

Free Chlorine: 10ppm
Alkalinity:100ppm
Calcium:140ppm
CYA: ~100ppm
pH: 7.8

I know my CYA is on the higher side, and was going to finally switch to liquid chlorine from trichlor tabs (better late than never). I was hoping to get some guidance as to how to proceed. I know my chlorine is high, but so is my CYA. I was thinking of doing a partial drain and refill to lower that back down, but is that necessary? Can I maintain these chlorine levels until eventually the CYA drops due to splash out? I'm new to using straight liquid chlorine vs the tabs, so I'm just a little unsure. Thoughts?

Thanks!!
 

Wobblerlorri

Bronze Supporter
Best to do a partial drain to get your CYA under control. Before you do that, do a dilution of your water for the CYA. Get a sample, then dilute it by half, then test the dilution. That will give you an idea of what your real CYA is, and how much to drain your pool. You may have to do a drain and replace, where you fill the pool at the same time you drain it.

Also, full out your signature so that we can help you better. Include the size and type of pool, filtration system, vacuum type, test kit, what you see in my sig. And welcome to TFP!
 

Mdragger88

Well-known member
Jun 1, 2018
674
Hernando, Ms
It is likely more than 100- which would require a fc level more than 13 to maintain & more than 39 if u need to slam which is not only expensive but simply hard to maintain you did not list cc
 

Richard320

TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 6, 2010
23,602
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
Whether you can limp along with the high CYA depends a whole lot on the water. Is it clear and sparkly? No algae? No slipperiness on the walls?

I started with 200+ CYA and no option to drain without incurring the wrath of the water company, so my first season I maintained it as it was. Successfully, I might add. But it wasn't easy and I don't recommend it if you can avoid it. Pool chemistry is so much easier with CYA in the 50ish range.

Do you have a lawn? You can drain off 3 or 4 inches a week that way. Then use the water you would have used on the lawn in the pool. My average depth is 60", so 3" is substantial. No lawn makes that less appealing. And it does not work if you have no easy way to bleed water off. I have a tee with a garden hose fitting on my return line, so it wasn't hard to do. If you have something like that, or a multiport valve with a waste setting, it's easy. Otherwise you're buying a pump. If you're on a well, that's another problem.
 

kyle6367

Member
May 25, 2020
6
North Haven, Ct
I have update my signature with some specs.. if I left anything out, please let me know. So my plan is to do the dilution test and see how that goes with the CYA. It looks like I will be doing at least a partial drain and fill.
I do have a lawn, but I have a small pool cover pump I can use and use pump out whatever is needed then refill. I'm hoping to get away with draining ~1/3 of the water and seeing where that gets me, but we'll see. Is there anything else to be done during this drain/refill process?
 

Richard320

TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 6, 2010
23,602
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
I have update my signature with some specs.. if I left anything out, please let me know. So my plan is to do the dilution test and see how that goes with the CYA. It looks like I will be doing at least a partial drain and fill.
I do have a lawn, but I have a small pool cover pump I can use and use pump out whatever is needed then refill. I'm hoping to get away with draining ~1/3 of the water and seeing where that gets me, but we'll see. Is there anything else to be done during this drain/refill process?
If there's debris in the bottom, try to get that out with the water. If siphoning is an option that could be a two-fer. Connect the vacuum and set it in the pool. Feed the hose in slowly holding it vertical as it enters the pool and all the air will push out, Then you cap it with your hand and haul it out and over and lower than the water level and you're siphoning. And vacuuming, if there's enough hose.
 

kyle6367

Member
May 25, 2020
6
North Haven, Ct
If there's debris in the bottom, try to get that out with the water. If siphoning is an option that could be a two-fer. Connect the vacuum and set it in the pool. Feed the hose in slowly holding it vertical as it enters the pool and all the air will push out, Then you cap it with your hand and haul it out and over and lower than the water level and you're siphoning. And vacuuming, if there's enough hose.
The bottom is actually pretty much debris free since I vacuumed after the cover came off. I have a small pool cover pump that I will end up just throwing in and draining some off. I have been away all day for work, so I'll get the to bucket test ASAP.