In just in the last 2 weeks I have spent over $1600 in chemicals from a pool store near our rural town, and still have zero chlorine levels on my test kit. I am thinking now after researching that I might have an algae problem, but can't see it. Although, the water is now cloudy after dumping in within a 24 hour period a total of 70lbs of PH UP and 118lbs of ZipChlor and another 12lbs of Lithium hypochlorite.
I don't want to keep dumping in chlorine and wasting money. I went and bought a new test Taylor K-2006 kit (not here yet), Borax and liquid bleach, but am unsure if I should even start when my TA is 256 and PH 6.5. I just can't seem to get the PH up either! I have read that I might need to drain and put in new water with levels like this? How much would I need to drain off? Is there a way to not have to drain it off? I have well water that is pretty good and not to hard.
This is what the pool companies analysis sheet gave me:
TDS - 1200
CYA - 153
Total Chlorine - 3.5
Free Chlorine - .9
PH - 6.5
TA - 256
Adj. TA - 210
Total Hardness - 157
They told me to keep dumping in 15 lbs of chlorine every 2 hours to get the Free Chlorine up, and checking PH and dumping in 10lbs of PH Up inbetween. I did that but it didn't hold.
We live where it is usually cold most of the year and am really frustrated that when the weather is finally so nice that we can't be enjoying our pool! Really fed up with the pool store as well as I feel like they are ripping me off.