Hello! I have just taken over control of my pool chemistry from the pool builder and am trying to climb up the steep learning curve of pool maintenance and pool chemistry. This website has been an amazing resource! Currently, I take my water to my local pool supply store to get water readings. This pool store is a local company and not affiliated with a national chain. I was warned against stores like Leslie's. Today, I received the following results:
I was instructed to add a half gallon of muratic acid. Wait 2 hours. Then add 2 pounds of Pool life turbo shock and brush the pool. I have done all of this. I wasn't given any instruction for the low alkalinity. Should I be adding anything to the water for this? Also, I've been noticing that each week (since I've been taking care of the pool--about 5 weeks now), the ph is high. Is this because the pool is new? Also, I have read on this forum that turbo shock is not recommended. What should I use instead? This is the first time my chlorine levels were this low, but it has been so hot here in the Houston area. I am using Pool life chlorine tablets and checked them and they are not fully dissolved. The dial is turned all the way up. The water appears clear. I am feeling overwhelmed!