We have been dealing with algae and cloudy water in our pool. We just installed the Intex 14" sand filter. Our ph is over 8.4 according to the testing kit. We have been using HTH products to try to balance the water. So today, I finally took the water in to have it tested at our local pool/spa store. The results of the test are as follows.
Saturation Idx: 1.3
Tot. Chlorine: 0.2
Free Chlorine: 0
pH: > 8.8
Tot. Alkalinity: 313
Adj. Total Alkalinity: 313
Tot. Hardness: 68
Salt: n/a (we don't have the saltwter generator)
Copper: not tested
Iron: not tested
Copper Stain None
Iron stain: no
Quat: not tested
green Algae: Extensive
Black Algae, Mustard Algae, slime/mold no or none
Their suggestions: Phos Free to get metals out of water, Add 1 pt of Muriatic Acid for 14 days, Add 2 lbs of stabilizer, add 1 bad burn Out 3, 10 oz of Algae Predator. The Phos Free is about $40 and the Algae Predator is $32.99.
Is there a cheaper way to do this with BBB, or do you have any better suggestions. The products that this analysis is for is Bio Guard. Are their products better than HTH?
They've given instructions for how to add the chemicals. How long do you think it will be before we can use the pool?
Thanks for any help. I do have the larger test kit from Walmart, and have read pool school, but it's been a while.