We have an Intex 15' x15'x 42" Metal Frame Swimming Pool with Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) 4,646.25 gallon above ground pool and saltwater pump system.
I've perused the forums and I'm scared to ask questions...we're so overwhelmed and have NO CLUE what we're doing!
We've had the pool up maybe 3 weeks now...the first few days were fine. All the tests came back good, except for TA which was WAY high. So, I tracked down down some muriatic acid, but in the meantime, the pool got cloudy and green AND the saltwater system said our salt was too low. So, today we added half a bag (20 pounds) of salt and 2 pounds of shock and swim treatment. The water lost its green in just a couple of hours, but it's still cloudy - I was expecting that, though, so no surprises, so far.
However, up to the shock treatments, we had added no chlorine - we are so confused as if we were supposed to or not! Reading the manual, we didn't gather that you are supposed to use both the chlorine and salt, but maybe???
I have odd questions....
1) Anyone know how to work the Intex saltwater pump? How do I know if it's "running" or not? After the shock treatment and adding salt, I turned the pump off (unplugged it and plugged it back in), enabled Boost (so I thought I was turning our 12-hour run time into 96 hours so I could get it to run a straight 24 hours so it will re-read the salt levels), but when I checked on it later, it had gone to Standby/Ready and the low salt indicator was back on, appearing not to be running as I had instructed it. Did I miss a step?
2) What should my "schedule" look like? How often should I check levels (daily, weekly, before use)? Should we be using chlorine in addition to the salt (and in the form of a tablet or a shock treatment or ???).
3) And we aren't supposed to be using the pool while the pump is running, right? Does that mean we need to unplug its power or just not be in the pool while it's running is "chlorination/cleaning cycle" (or whatever it is properly called)?
Please don't (virtually) throw anything at me! :P We're idiots...and I can live with that!