I don’t know which way to go next.

Grovie16

New member
Oct 15, 2020
2
Corpus Christi, TX
I’ve been battling my pool.
I just learned about CYA and chlorine.
We’re going to keep our pool open year round but not use it for half the year. We used SeaKlears 90 day algae free stuff this summer but i didn’t really monitor anything and now our pool is whack. Got the levels tested at Leslie’s today. They previously suckered me into buying a box of fresh n clear, a few bags of powder plus. I also bought baking soda and bleach. I have a sea Klear clarifier too. I added bleach yesterday and the day before. I backwashed yesterday as well. Our pool is fiberglass and 7300gal.
FC .03
TC .03
pH 7.5
TA 53
Calcium hardness 165
CyA 113 (used to be 160 but I drained several feet)
Iron 0
Copper .3
Phosphates 144
TDS(what is this?) 1150
What should I do next?
It seems like once I get one thing kinda understood in my head and sorted in the pool, a diff issue comes up or it goes whack again. :/ :/ :\
 

tim5055

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TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 11, 2014
11,049
Franklin, NC
Welcome to TFP.

No more clarifier, no more going to Leslies.

Do you have algae?


Not much credence is given to pool store testing around here. While you would think that a "professional" would be the best, unfortunately in most cases it is quite the opposite. Between employees who blindly trust the word of chemical sales representatives and high school kids working in the pool store for the summer you end up with poor results from their testing. Plus, the results of their "testing" is used to convince you that you need to buy things. Why do you think that testing is free?

But, what can you do?? We base our pool care system on accurate testing and only adding what the pool needs, when it needs it. To do that you need your own accurate test kit. Order a TF-100 Test Kit ™ and at least include the XL Option . That will give you what you need while you are clearing the pool, and probably enough reagents for a couple of years normal use.

While you wait for it to get delivered, you have a homework reading assignment. Start with these:





Please don't go back to the pool store for a test kit. To effectively practice the TFPC methods, the FAS/DPD chlorine test is essential. The TF-100 Test Kit ™ has this test while very few other kits do. The kits sold at the pool store generally won't won't cut it, but be careful pool store employees are known to say “it's the same thing”. Generally it's not!

Until you get your kit, each day I want you to put one bottle of bleach (yes, the same stuff you use for laundry) in the pool with the filter running. Be careful, it needs to be plain bleach, no scents, no EZ-Pour and none of the new Cloramax or laundry enhancing formulas. With CYA still very high and copper in the water, you will need ot continue to drain and refill to get both those numbers down.

Continue brushing and running the filter, cleaning the filter as necessary.
 
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mknauss

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TFP Expert
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May 3, 2014
33,340
Laughlin, NV
Welcome to the forum!
You need to follow the SLAM Process. To do that, you need a proper test kit. I suggest the TF-100 A proper test kit is needed to get the accurate water chemistry results needed to follow the TFP protocols.

While you are waiting on your test kit, add 5 ppm FC worth of liquid chlorine / plain bleach to your pool each evening with the pump running. This will replenish the FC lost each day to the sun and also inhibit any algae in the water from growing further.
I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry.
 
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Grovie16

New member
Oct 15, 2020
2
Corpus Christi, TX
Welcome to TFP.

No more clarifier, no more going to Leslies.

Do you have algae?


Not much credence is given to pool store testing around here. While you would think that a "professional" would be the best, unfortunately in most cases it is quite the opposite. Between employees who blindly trust the word of chemical sales representatives and high school kids working in the pool store for the summer you end up with poor results from their testing. Plus, the results of their "testing" is used to convince you that you need to buy things. Why do you think that testing is free?

But, what can you do?? We base our pool care system on accurate testing and only adding what the pool needs, when it needs it. To do that you need your own accurate test kit. Order a TF-100 Test Kit ™ and at least include the XL Option . That will give you what you need while you are clearing the pool, and probably enough reagents for a couple of years normal use.

While you wait for it to get delivered, you have a homework reading assignment. Start with these:





Please don't go back to the pool store for a test kit. To effectively practice the TFPC methods, the FAS/DPD chlorine test is essential. The TF-100 Test Kit ™ has this test while very few other kits do. The kits sold at the pool store generally won't won't cut it, but be careful pool store employees are known to say “it's the same thing”. Generally it's not!

Until you get your kit, each day I want you to put one bottle of bleach (yes, the same stuff you use for laundry) in the pool with the filter running. Be careful, it needs to be plain bleach, no scents, no EZ-Pour and none of the new Cloramax or laundry enhancing formulas. With CYA still very high and copper in the water, you will need ot continue to drain and refill to get both those numbers down.

Continue brushing and running the filter, cleaning the filter as necessary.
Yes, I have some algae. I will go brush again today and add bleach. And retest with my kit. Thank you!