My husband and I were looking for an inexpensive but fun pool for our 2 girls, Autumn and Summer. We settled on an Intex above ground pool, 16'x48". Now understand that neither my husband nor myself have ever had any experience with a pool that required chemicals or upkeep other than dumping it out and refilling. So to say we were at a loss would be putting it mildly. We get the pool and I am looking at all these chemicals that everyone keeps telling me that we need to get for it to be properly set up. UGH! I then decide I will talk to a few pool companies about a "salt water system". I am told that all I need is the SWG and several bags of salt, then to run the system everyday for at least 4 hours. So here I am thinking okay I can handle that no problem. I get the SWG in and my husband sets it up and adds the salt. In the mean time I am trying to read the manual to understand how to run it. It may as well have been written in Greek for all the good that did me. My husband says well its set up and it has the salt in it so it should be good just leave it alone. Well, my kids and their cousins have had a great couple of weeks with it then we went out of town for the weekend. Get home today and there is something growing in it. I have been researching on line all evening trying to figure out what to do next and there are just too many things on line to try to figure out where to start. Then I find you guys and I am thinking WOO HOO, I have found my life savers. So now I need info before I go shopping on tomorrow.
1-I have seen nothing on your site about the AQUA CHEM test strips that they sell at Wal Mart-Should I make the assumption that I wasted my money on these things and throw them out?
2-Are the AQUA CHEM shock treatments any good to use in the pool?(Some were given to me by a neighbor)
I now understand about the CYA and bought some stabalizer earlier today. Do I add it now while trying to get rid of the algae or wait until the algae is gone?
Be prepared because I know I will have more questions later...
Thanks for any and all assistance. The faster I can get this fixed the less fussing I will have to listen to from my girls.