Hey everyone. A friend of mine recently put in an 18x36 IG Vinyl Liner pool with approximate volume of 23,500. 1.5 HP Hayward Superpump. I'm helping him get his water balanced. His starting pH was 8+ and his TA was over 200. His FC and CC were 0. He knows nothing about pools (he says it's his wife's pool) so he's relying on me and I'm leaning on my experience plus what I've learned on here. We are doing this in steps with lowing the pH/alkalinity with muriatic acid then aerating to raise pH. Rinse, lather, and repeat. We have the TA down to 160 and shooting for 70. Getting pH/Alkalinity under control first before SLAM process. Several questions:
- How soon after the addition of the acid should we test to see if we can add more? Is there an educated guess? I know we don't want to go below 7.0. 1 gallon of the 31.45% muriatic acid lowers the pH by 1.3 and the TA by 21 per PoolMath.
- I've read back through about aeration, is there a general consensus on how to aerate? I was going to build the "T" aerator and attach it to a return or is it better to introduce air under the surface via compressor, shop vac, or something else.
- From my understanding there is no need to add CYA until after pH/TA is under control. Is that correct?