Hello all! I've had an above-grnd pool for 4 years, but I decided to do a more scientific job of maintaining it, and I was shown this website by a friend. I decided I should stop using Di-Chlor (with CYA) for normal chlorination all year - and I wonder why my pool was cloudy all last year... I'm convinced this website will help me make better decisions!
--Above-ground 4,000 gal steel-frame-and-vynl
--Intek Salt-water chlorine generator
I've got the required 100lbs of salt in the pool, and the chlorine generator is working. My question is properly getting the TA and Ph in line, and balanced. I understand that Baking Soda raises TA, while Borax just raises the PH. Last nite, I disolved some Borax in the pool, and also dissolved some Baking Soda. My 5-way test kit indicated I should do this. The water for my TA test never even turned purple at all, so that means my TA was zero? (or extremely low?) Anyway, after I did my thing last nite, my Ph test indicates a little high - water is pink, so I'm probably around 7.8 or above. The TA test indicated around 60PPM It took 6 drops of solution to turn the purple water back to clear.
I know that Ph being too high will make the water cloudy among other things. Question: Given where I am now, how can I properly get TA and Ph in balance? I think I over-did it with the Borax...