We're taking over and we're confused


Aug 5, 2019
Hi everyone,
The included service with our new pool has come to an end and we would like to take care of it ourselves, but we're a little confused and don't really know how to proceed. It seems like they took our salt too high and the rest, well, we just don't know. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

TF-100 results with salt add on
FC 4
TA 120
CYA 40
pH 7.7
CH 425
salt 4200

Our SWG manual says these should be our levels
FC .5 - 3.0
TA 80 - 120
CYA 10 -50
pH 7.4 - 7.6
CH 175 - 400
salt 3000 - 3500

Pool Math says
FC 2-7
TA 50-90
CYA 60-90
pH 7.2-8.0
CH 250-650


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
Bronze Supporter
May 3, 2014
Laughlin, NV
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Salt level is a bit high but I do not think that will be an issue for the SWCG. When you get a bit of rain this winter if the pool needs to be pumped down the salt level will fall some.

The CYA is a bit low for TFP levels. Depends on where in California you are but I would suggest raising it to 70 ppm unless you are in the mountains.

Follow the Recommended Levels. They are designed to protect your plaster and keep your pool clean and sanitary.


Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Jun 16, 2019
Hey Penelope !! ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry has all the answers you seek. It’s a lot of terms at first but it clicks after reading it a few times. Even faster when you are reading AND doing. Sometimes it’s nice to talk to live people instead of searching with a bot, So still feel free to ask away if need be. :)


Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Nov 12, 2017
Central California
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
They probably dumped in the "right amount" of salt for your pool, without first checking to see what salt was already in the water. Rookie mistake, but a minor one in your case.

Kudo's to you for getting ahead of this, with the test kit ready to go and a handle on what questions to ask. You're doing great! Do some studying here as Dude suggests, and ask away, you'll be your own pool pro in no time. 👍
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