First time pool owner. Someone mentioned that I should convert my pump/filtration system to salt water and/or sand filter due to how hard it is for me to keep the chemicals adjusted. Help me, I'm so confused. My pump/filtration unit is all together and is connected to the side of pool. Is this advice in reference to replacing the whole unit or adding something to the existing system. Furthermore, do these alternative systems affect pool chemical maintenance? Are they more cost efficient? Can it even be done with this unit being connected to the side of the pool. I live in Oklahoma so the weather is unpredictable and I wonder is this why I can't keep the water adjusted.
I filled the pool, took water to pool supply store, these are the results: FAC 0. TAC 0, CH 60, CYA 0, TA 60, pH 7.0/base demand 2, Copper 0, Iron 0 and Phosphates 1000.
Treatment advised: Day 1: 4oz Soda Ash/1lb Chlorite/1Lb2oz Leslie's Conditioner & 17fl oz Phosfree (in skimmer}
Day 2: 8lbs4oz Hardness Plus. Weekly: 1lb Chlorite & 1 cap Phosfree. Chlorine tabs in floater at all times.
I bought a Total Poolcare DPD Test Kit and have tested several times with mixed results. Latest: FAC 5, TAC 5, resulting in CC of 0, CH 40. CYA 70. TA 60, pH 7.8, Copper, Iron & phosphates I can't test for.
I know this is a lot of information and to sum up: 1)Would upgrading to a different filter/pump system make it easier to keep the chemicals adjusted2)Can I upgrade considering the set-up of pool and 3)Does the advice I received from the pool store sound correct?
Last note: I've been in this pool one time in three weeks because I don't know if it's safe. That being said from day 1 my water looks blue and clear and has during all of this treatment.