Hello, I just purchased a new home that has a pool. The pool was somewhat neglected because the person in charge of knowing how to take care of it had left.
My pool water is cloudy:
My Chlorine is ABOVE a 10. I have not added chlorine in over 3 days. STILL above a 10 (it's dark yellow on my tester kit).
My PH is below the chart's lowest rating. It's a light yellow color after adding the PH drops to my test kit.
I added PH upper, twice, with no change whatsoever.
After reading a little about this it was explained that PH may not change if my total alkalinity is off. I have test strips arriving in the mail today to test the alkalinity because the test kit I have only test for chlorine and PH (it's a 5 drops in the plastic box and shake kit)
Is this a sign of my alkalinity being too low or too high? I can keep the pump running all day and the water is still cloudy.
I know that water chemistry is a delicate balance and there are a LOT of components that can throw it off. However, I'm just trying to get the basics. I need to have the chemistry right before I close it for the winter. I don't want to open the pool and find that my pool plaster was eaten alive.