First things first. I have an above ground pool 24 round, 52 inch wall. cartridge filter, (Hayward) Pump - 2 HP
I have had the pool for four seasons now. I live in Illinois so the weather is always unpredictable. We have a solar heater, that does an amazing job at keeping the water temp. comfortable. I am SICK of going to have my water tested at the pool store and them telling me to buy this, add that.
My main problems we experience each season, is cloudiness, and sometimes green waters. We always manage to get it back to crystal clear, but its short lasted.
After having a VERY MILD winter, no surprise, we have green water. Over the weekend my husband stopped at a pool store, and bought the Prestine Blue start-up kit. Luckily I found you all here, and I am able to return the 145.00 worth of product. (after I was told to call a water scientist, AKA prestine blue rep.)
Going to shock the pool as soon as we fill, but don't know what to shock it with that will be most effective, and not costly.
I can not afford to buy one of the water test kits, as mentioned. I am sticking to the standard drop kits, sold locally.
My Main question is, is it better to buy bleach, or liquid chlorine? Due to strength? I hate the "splatter" effect of the bleach/liquid chlorine gets messy. So can you use the "tablets" they sell. Are they as effective?
We test everyday, and our PH and alkalinity are always either high or low. In the past seasons. Someone once told me, if you keep your chlorine levels normal, there should be no reason to mess with PH and Alkalinity as you will always be adding, something.
Sorry to ramble on, just want my kids to be able to swim everyday this season, and have a husband who does not want to rip the pool out of the backyard
I appreciate any feedback. And thanks for all the great info, you all add to this forum.