New to Pool Chemistry

Ozzsp250

Member
Sep 30, 2020
5
Phoenix AZ
I used my new just received TF-100 test kit today and know are trying to use pool math to correct chemical pool imbalance and need advice on using pool math or the app but I'm digitally challenge.

My results:

FC 1.5
CC 0.5
PH 8.5
TA 250
CH 250
CYA 60
Water temp is 74F

My pool/Spa combo is about 17500 gals
 

Texas Splash

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but I'm digitally challenge
Bwaahaahaaa! Okay, no worries. Is this a non-salt pool? No algae I hope? Your pH is too high, so use some muriatic acid to lower that right away. Use a target pH of about 7.8, then re-test in about 30 minutes. A few minutes after adding the first dose of acid (mixed well in the water), add some chlorine to increase the FC. You need that FC up to around 6-8 or so. Always compare your FC to your CYA as noted on the FC/CYA Chart. Now if you have algae, let us know. That would change some things. The link below is golden and will always help you.

 

Texas Splash

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Are you sure about the TA? Seems odd to be that high in your area. I would double check that one with the link below. If you have a new TF-100, wipe the tips of the R-0008 and R-0009 a few times because they can have some static on them influencing the droplet size.

 

Plefasu

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Aug 28, 2020
34
Phoenix
If you want to use pool math to figure out how much to add you first need to input your pool details using the settings gear at the top right. Then you can tap on the individual tiles and input your result and your target and it will tell you how much of what to add. There is also an "Effect of adding" option by clicking on the top left(three horizontal bars) that I have found very useful.
 

Ozzsp250

Member
Sep 30, 2020
5
Phoenix AZ
It is a salt pool using a IC40 salt generator. No algae at this time but I notice white flakes on the steps where the pool cleaner doesn't access. I should have noted salt is 3100 ppm
 

Ozzsp250

Member
Sep 30, 2020
5
Phoenix AZ
Just taken readings after adding 1 gal muriatic acid and chlorine allowing the pool to run overnight through its normal cycle.

FC 6-7
CC 0
PH 7.9
TA 220
CH 375
CYA 65
Salt 3100
Water temp is 74F

So the TA is still very high, I repeated this test with same result.
 

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
Lowering the TA is a process.
See Lower Total Alkalinity - Trouble Free Pool

Your fill water TA is about 130 ppm. So you need to add acid on a regular basis (once or twice a week) during the times of high evaporation to lower the pH and the TA.
 
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