I live in NW Indiana, I am not new to being a pool owner and have been for 12 years now. I grew up with a pool at my parents house. This year has been extremely difficult to keep the water balanced, uncloudy and not feeling like I just jumped into an oil pit. It is clear at the moment, because my husband and I drained the pool 75% down to the deep end this past weekend due to cloudy water for two weeks. My husband will not touch the pool, because he is unfamiliar with chemicals, maintenance, etc. I was using a digital pool water tester and that screwed up our pool even worse and now have switched over to the TF-100 Kit.
I want to start doing the BBB method and very hesitant to. Love poolcalculator.com and have just recently discovered it. We put a new pool heater in this year and "read" that heaters can cause copper to be distributed into the pool water and will cause the pool water readings to be bad, and to not put Borax into the pool.
My readings as of this morning: (using the TF-100 kit with Borate Accucheck strips)
Chlorine FC: 9
Chlorine CC: 0
Borate: Between 0-15
Scratching my head on what to do....Pool Calculator suggests draining the pool....not doing that again this season...cannot wait for next months water bill! Also, to add 2 boxes of Borax. I am so nervous to add the Borax, because I am afraid it will be cloudy again and I can just hear my husband now about "throwing things into the pool". Not quite sure where to begin with...the PH, TA or CH issues.
Any help will be greatly appreciated and my sanity thanks you as well!! Gigi