New to this site, but I have been reading alot, especially in pool school. We installed our pool last year (it is 23 yrs old, we replaced all water walls and coping, new liner, same filter and pump, repaired deck), and filled with water hose. Didn't add any chemicals but shock and chlorine tabs. Didn't cover for winter, or winterize I have been working on this since the end of April, at which time it was full of leaves and looked like a green pond. Over the past few weeks I have been testing with the strips and adding chemicals to increase ta and calcium hardness. I have a vinyl liner if I forgot to mention. My water is blue/green cloudy and I added the skimmer sock today after learning about it here because it is also dirty.
Today I had my water tested at the local pool store and my readings are:
They also listed copper as .57 and iron as .76.
I think my PH and TA are ok if I continue to use the type of shock and tabs I have been using but I am seriously considering going to BBB since I now have visable algae!
Should I lower my ph prior to shocking with chlorine??
And did I read correctly in pool school that with a vinyl liner I need not worry about Calcium hardness?
Do I need to worry about the copper and iron amounts? Thanks. This site is my last resort before I bulldose it to the ground!!