New guy with test results

Oct 1, 2016
19
Chino Hills, Ca
#1
Hello all! I just fired my pool guy and want to DIY my pool maintenance.


I am using Taylor TF-100 Kit. Just ran a test right now and came back with these numbers:

FC: 9ppm

CC: 0 (remained clear after adding drops)
pH: 7.8
TA: 160
CH: 300 ppm
CYA: 80


Water looks clear but does have some brownish stains along the walls. I cleaned my filter two weeks ago and added fresh DE.


What are my next steps?

Here is the info I would put in my signature, but it keeps telling me, BB code font is not allowed."???


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18,000 gallon in ground plaster pool with overflowing spa
Crystal Water Aqua Clean DE Filter (48sq/ft)
Pentair WhisperFlow Pump
 

kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL
#2
I have a set of links for you. It is a LOT of info. so take it a bite at a time.

Print these out:
Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule

Pool School - Recommended Levels

Bookmark these:
Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

http://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html

Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

Make sure to ask any and all questions you might have no matter how small! We have all been where you are at one point.

For right now your numbers look okay. Your TA is a little high but that is the last thing we work on so we can wait a little while for you to get used to testing and taking care of your pool.

Kim:kim:
 
Oct 1, 2016
19
Chino Hills, Ca
#3
I have a set of links for you. It is a LOT of info. so take it a bite at a time.

Print these out:
Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule

Pool School - Recommended Levels

Bookmark these:
Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

http://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html

Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

Make sure to ask any and all questions you might have no matter how small! We have all been where you are at one point.

For right now your numbers look okay. Your TA is a little high but that is the last thing we work on so we can wait a little while for you to get used to testing and taking care of your pool.

Kim:kim:
Thanks Kim. That will keep me busy for a bit! Thanks for the info...
 

duraleigh

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Apr 1, 2007
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Sebring, Florida
#6
Your results are pretty good.

Do you want to start working on the stains or just keeping the water clear for a while?
 

duraleigh

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Algae (of any kind) generally brushes off, stains do not.

I would suggest you continue to maintain your pool water as is for about 4 days or so and, when you are comfortable with maintaining your water, then tackle the stains.

It'll be fairly easy, I think, to identify the stain and get rid of it. Post a pic of the stain when you get a chance.
 
Oct 1, 2016
19
Chino Hills, Ca
#10
First time pool owner. Bought the house which was a foreclosure in 2008. Had a pool man from the time of purchasing the home up until January 2017. Have since fired him and have been vacuuming, skimming, adding bleach myself. Here is my set up:





Here are the stains:









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I would like to eventually like to build a shed just to the left of the heater to house pool equipment (hoses, skimmer, poles, etc). When doing that I would also level out the ground the heater, pump, and filter are sitting on and make a better “bed” for that stuff to lay on (gravel).


And I know, I have to weed and cut the grass :)
 

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