Help with levels salt water pool

Blondie11

Member
Jul 1, 2020
11
Maryland
*salt water pool *I broke down and went to a pool store for water testing, they gave me my results and a plan of what was needed,how much and when (the paper work looks like a start up but we are just adjusting levels we have been running since late may) 8lbs of alkalinity, 8lbs of calcium, 4lbs of stabilizer i have not added the endurance yet.
Tested levels today my CYA isnt even registering and my free chlorine is very low it didnt register until i did the combined chlorine.
What do i need to do to get these levels where they need to be?
I had a small amount of stabilizer left so i added that but i am sure its not enough
Should i add a chlorine tablet? I cant get liquid chlorine til next week everyone is out of stock locally . I did add my test results today from my taylor kit
 

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mknauss

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May 3, 2014
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Laughlin, NV
Pool Size
6000
Surface
Fiberglass
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Post a full set of test results from your kit.
FC
CC
pH
TA
CH
CYA

8lbs of alkalinity, 8lbs of calcium, 4lbs of stabilizer -- have you added all that?

What type of pool is this? Please fill out your signature.
 

Blondie11

Member
Jul 1, 2020
11
Maryland
Post a full set of test results from your kit.
FC
CC
pH
TA
CH
CYA

8lbs of alkalinity, 8lbs of calcium, 4lbs of stabilizer -- have you added all that?

What type of pool is this? Please fill out your signature.
I didn't do a full test because these are the only results i am needing, everything else was okay my cya didnt register at all picture above shows its full to the line and the dot is still in the bottom
PH looks to be 7.2
Chlorine its in the 1 2 box it appears to me anyways i did post a photo of that.
Alkaline looks to be 90
I added the alkaline, stabilizer and calcium yesterday..
Its a above ground 27 foot salt water aprox 18000 gallons
 

brettch

Well-known member
May 23, 2020
48
ND
I didn't do a full test because these are the only results i am needing, everything else was okay my cya didnt register at all picture above shows its full to the line and the dot is still in the bottom
PH looks to be 7.2
Chlorine its in the 1 2 box it appears to me anyways i did post a photo of that.
Alkaline looks to be 90
I added the alkaline, stabilizer and calcium yesterday..
Its a above ground 27 foot salt water aprox 18000 gallons
Your photo shows the CYA test from the side. You have to look straight down from the top to try to view the for through all the water you added.
 

68350

Member
Jul 17, 2019
5
AZ
Hello! Just wanting to comment regarding the salt/chlorine issue. Your salt ppm is good, so if your chlorine levels are LOW, your salt cell may not be "on" enough during pump operations to generate enough chlorine. During the hot summer months, chlorine breaks down more rapidly, due to increased sun exposure/heat. Granted, I'm in AZ, but my salt cell is set at running 90-95% during the summer months. Maybe 20% in winter. How is your system set for the salt cell operations? My 90% refers to what percentage of time during pump system operation, that the salt cell is operating. If my pump runs 10 hours, the salt cell is generating for 9 hours, essentially. I never need to add chlorine liq or tabs to my pool. The salt cell takes care of that issue. But yes, you need to get enough stabilizer added to bring up the CYA levels. That's what protects the chlorine in the pool from rapidly breaking down in sunlight.
 
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brettch

Well-known member
May 23, 2020
48
ND
The dot never disappeared even with the thing filled to the top thats what i was attempting to show
I was just trying to clarify that the dot does not actually disappear. From the side you will likely always be able to see it.

If you filled the tube and could still see the dot when looking straight down through the water it means your CYA is below 30ppm
 
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