I installed my pool and couple months ago, added all necessary chemicals and everything was going smoothly. Loved the saltwater feel, water was really clear, and no chlorine smell. I only had the 7 way test strips to test the water, with plans to get the TF-100 kit later on, but the strips showed everything in the ideal range. The TC/FC as shown on the test strip was around 2-3 with CYA of 70.
After a couple weeks, the pool began to start to smell like chlorine and not knowing much about pool chemistry I adjusted the chlorine levels lower (bad idea) because I thought there was too much chlorine. The chlorine smell got worse so I read all the good info on this website and found out I should have been upping the FC. After reading some of the info, I shocked the pool with chlorine levels around 28-29. and then let the level decrease to around 7-8 over about 5 days (no SWG). At this time I did not have the TF-100 kit. The chlorine smell seemed to reduce only slightly.
I just recently received the TF-100 kit, so I now know what my levels REALLY are. Recent test results are shown below. CC showed somewhere in between 0.0 and 0.5 since the test as performed is only accurate to 0.5. Any ideas on why I still have a semi-strong chlorine odor? Does CC need to be 0 to get rid of the odor?
PH - 7.5
FC - 7
CC - 0.0-0.5
CH - 25
TA - 170
CYA - 60-70
Salt - 2600
I notice my salt and CH are low and my TA is high based on TFP recommended levels. Those will be corrected this week. Would this have anything to do with the chlorine odor?
Really frustrating to have a salt water pool and get out the pool smelling like I swam in a chlorine tablet pool. Please help!