Our history...our pool was filled September 22nd. Our PBs assistant did an acid start-up on the 23rd by adding 4 gallons of muriatic acid, 2 bottles of the blue stuff and turned on the equipment. Monday he added chlorine and we were allowed to start swimming. Wednesday he added salt and turned on the SWG, a week after PebbleSheen installation. We haven't had much contact with our PB since his vacation prior to PebbleSheen, which I am not very happy about but that is another story. The PBs assistant hasn't taught pool school yet but I have been checking the water with the kit they gave us (I ordered the TF-100 tonight). Last week the PH was really low, less than 6.8 which I was concerned might damage the equipment but then the PBs assistant came out and added the salt and other things and the water tested in range. Yesterday I tested and it was over 8.2. The PBs assistant showed up and I told him and he poured a gallon of muriatic acid around the pool and said it was fine and left. Today I checked and the PH is again less than 6.8 and the chlorine is low as well. Our SWG is blinking low but the salt level shows 3050 on the remote (it is running at 80%). Tonight I was brushing the pool and as I finished the tanning ledge bubbler and all the returns started blowing cloud water in the pool. I have no idea why. I'm not sure what to do, I turned the pump and cleaner back on to clear the cloudiness which helped some but the pool is still cloudy. Our VS pump is set to run from 8-5 (I think on high, although I don't know how to check this?) and the cleaner runs from 11-2. I don't want to ruin our equipment or the PebbleSheen but the PBs assistant has not kept us informed on what the next steps are. I am ready for the pool to be completed and learn about the equipment so I can start taking care of my pool!!!
I have read pool school several times but am still lost. What do I need to be doing? How often should I test the water? What should the pump be set at? What chemicals do I need to buy? I have 2 bags of salt outside and some muriatic acid. How do I calculate how much acid to add when the PH raises again? (I don't think the PH going from 8.2 to 6.8 is good for the pool?) I am so lost