Hello all, I am a new (first time) owner of an existing pool, as of the middle of June. First couple of weeks were fine, as the investor (house was a foreclosure prior to him) was using a pool service, which continued for a bit after we closed. They kept the chlorine levels up. By July 4 (pool party!), the pool was a bit cloudy. It stayed that way, until we went on vacation in mid to late July, returning to a green swamp. I was using pucks, wasn't shocking, really just didn't know what I was doing. To the pool store, they sold me Suncoast Stop Yellow, with instructions to put in half a jug of chlorine, with a dose of it for two days in a row. That seemed to do the trick, I started shocking the pool weekly, with liquid chlorine, with them testing the water.
The cloudiness returned. It hasn't gone to full green, just stayed cloudy. Additionally, the pool store told me that my CH level was low, and I needed to raise it. Sold me a 25 lb box of calcium chloride, told me to add about 5 lbs/day, and return to test water in a week. In the meantime, I searched, found this site, read and read some more, and decided to hop on board. Ordered a TF100, which I have started using. Did an OTCL test last night, and commenced with a slam today. When I tested my CH yesterday, it was at 450! And I didn't even use the whole box, as instructed.... I stopped when I ordered the TF100, as I wanted to verify where my levels were. I'm confident with the info in pool school, etc., I'll get this cleared up. So thank you to everyone who contributes and put this information together!
What's weighing on me is that I have two jets that continue to shoot out air bubbles (one in the pool and one in the spa), and the jet furthest from the pump in the pool has next to no flow coming out of it. Additionally, the spa has a large amount of sand in it, and the pool gets a bit of an accumulation in front of the two jets that actually have pressure. Does this indicate a pipe that is leaking underground and sucking in sand? In this part of FL, we don't have a lot of dark, rich, soil, but we do have sand!
Sorry for the long first post, just wanted to give a background, and admit to my ignorance leading to part of my current problems!