I have had this pool for 15 years and went to the pool store often for advice and to empty my wallet. Switched from "Alkalinity Up" to baking soda after an old-timer independent pool supply owner sold me 50lb bags of baking soda at 1/4 the price of the other store. Now that I found this site it appears that I have been throwing chemicals at a problem with poor results.
33,000 gallon in-ground vinyl using 3" pucks and Cal-Hypo to "shock", Atlanta GA location
On May 28th readings from pool store water test
Free Chlorine 2
Total Available Chlorine 4
Total Alkalinity 100
Vacuumed to waste, added water to pool
May 30 pool store water test
Free Chlorine 1
Total Available Chlorine 1
Total Alkalinity 60
Calcium Hardness 250
Added 13.5 LBS of Baking Soda
9:00 p.m Added 3-1/2 Lbs powdered Cal-Hypo (mixed with water in bucket) Chlorine
11:30 p.m. added another 3-1/2 lbs of Cal-Hypo
8:00 a.m. tested Free Chlorine---------1.0
Added 10 lbs of Cal-Hypo
9:30 a.m. free chlorine test off the scale
10:30 free chlorine tested looks like just over 5
Do I continue to check the chlorine level and add more when it starts to drop?
Need to order the recommend test kit and will stop at Costco to get some bleach
We had a very early spring with heavy pollen, yellow green pollen was floating on-top of and now mixed in the water.
Am I on the right track to clear up this mess? The grand-daughter is asking when will the pool be ready?