New pool owner in Delaware

Gtech145

New member
Mar 22, 2020
3
Delaware
First thanks to everyone here that has contributed to the wealth of information on pool care. I've done a fair amount of reading so far and have learned so much. So I am creating a little chemical cheat sheet based on recommend levels from TFP and noticed what my pool manufacturer (Leisure Pools) recommends is vaslty different. Specifically FC, TA, and calcium. Looking at their warranty they are pretty strict on adhering to these levels (I attached a pic and info should be in my signature). Has anyone ran into this before? Sorry if this was asked before.
 

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gonfishin

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Jun 13, 2017
385
Rochester, MN
For FC: Pool manufacturers recommendations are based on 0 (zero) CYA. TFP recommendations are based on CYA.

The other recommendations aren't really that different and overlap to some extent.

Do you need to get pool store tests in order to maintain your warranty?
 

Texas Splash

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"G", welcome to TFP! :wave: Yes, stick around with us long enough and you will see/hear MANY examples of conflicting recommended levels between the pool industry, manufactures, and TFP - most significantly between the FC and CYA relationship. We have LOTS of threads about this issue. For decades, the pool industry has published very basic level recommendations in an effort to accommodate all pool types and scenarios. We know this to be poor management as pools require different levels based on their type, equipment, location, amount of sun, etc. In your location, you may get by with a moderate CYA of 30-40, while in my area, a summer CYA of 50 is almost mandatory and as low as my water can tolerate. Along with that, our staff developed the FC/CYA Chart to show owners how those two items should be balanced together to prevent algae. Notice we also separate salt pools in that equation. The pool industry as a whole doesn't make that distinction either (salt vs non-salt). It's a simple concept really, but in the pool industry, they just push one generic group of numbers and that's it. Also remember that the pool industry pushes chlorine tablets and encourages the use of various pool store chemical treatments and weekly super-shocks which are generally not required and/or can cause negative side effects to your water.

As for your warranty, just like in my case, if you don't have pool store test history the manufacture will say your warranty is null & void. Doesn't matter how poor and inconsistent that store testing is, they need proof to protect their interests. If that's a concern for you, I would recommend getting the water tested weekly or as recommended by your warranty package, but using your OWN valid TF-100 home testing to maintain daily levels. Hope that helps.
 
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wireform

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Aug 15, 2017
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The pool industry has a one size fits all attitude. Once with in a while you'll find someone in the pool store a bit more educated but on the wrong side of the counter. Last year had some time to kill and decided to go to large pool store and browse new gadgets. More entertaining then what they had to sell was the advice they were giving mostly completely non sense. Most of the answers were go down that isle and TRY SOME OF THIS.....
 

Gtech145

New member
Mar 22, 2020
3
Delaware
Thanks for the advice guys! I'll adjust where I can to target TFP levels as close as possible to satisfy the warranty testing weekly...then use a TF-100 as recommended to maintain accurate levels daily.