Ok, been lurking and reading up a ton on this site...thanks to all that post it's amazing what I thought I knew but didn't...
I have a couple issues that I'm not sure how to tackle and in what order, and sometimes hate asking the pool store people because they sometimes push the pricey fix rather then the correct fix.
Pool water - currently sitting at a balmy 50 degrees!!! Pool is now in its 4th year and has a Vinyl liner, 18x36 (so I base everything off of 25k gallons). I have an automatic cover so a lot of the burn off, and **** that would go into my water usually doesn't happen because I keep it closed if it isn't being used.
End of last year we got hit with phosphates extremely hard...couldn't get rid of them until the very end of the year...opened up the pool and tested them and boom they are back, over 1,000 ppb...poured in some Sea Klear phos remover last night and am waiting to vacuum it up this morning. Is there a sure fire way to get rid of the Phosphates once and for all??? if so whats the best way?
TH 400 (live in the country so we have well water)
Free chlorine is my other issue as you can see...again since last year when the phosphates exploded been struggling with the FC. I hit it with 8 bottles of "swim kleer" sodium hypochlorite 12.6% shock yesterday. Woke up this morning and no FC. I also need to get a test kit with Total Chlorine of Combined Chlorine.