Hello! I am brand new here and a brand new pool owner.Please tell me what all you need to know as this is all so foreign to me! And I am sorry but this will be looong!
We have a 27,000 gallon inground. Zeobrite in our Hayward 200 sand filter, Vinyl pool, full sun, 2 trichlor floatersin there, next to pine trees that drop long needles in all day.....We opened the pool with no problem. My husband started up the pool fine. The water was clear. We took a ample to a pool store and everything was fine balance wise. Well we weren't swimming because it was too cold so I didn't realize that I needed to still be testing and treating the pool water. It clouded up so my husband bought some clarifier and it cleared up (still not testing or treating) but he did buy a test kit. It has the store name on it but inside are little Taylor testing bottles, 8 in all. So I tested it and the chlorine came up as hot pink 5-10ppm. So I thought my chlorine was trhough the roof. Well then it got warm so we swam and poof the pool clouded up. This was June 10th. On June 14th, I hadn't found this place yet and took a sample to a pool store and spent 180 dollars, who said I had NO free chlorine even though my Taylor testing kit said I had 5-10ppm....Pool store owner had me do this after these test results...
He had me do this:
2 gal liquid chlorine wait 20 min
1 gal muraitic acid wait 20 min
2.5 lbs Oxy Plus
32 oz Natural Clear
1 qt magenta stuff
Run filter until pool clears
Pool still the
2 gal liquid chlorine
wait 20 min
1 gal muratic acid
Pool still cloudy, no change on 16th. Go back to same store. Results:
He told me to pour in 5 lbs Oxy Plus.
Wondering why my pool kit is showing FC and TC at 5-10, and not trusting this other guy who is saying I have 0 FC I go to Leslies where this test was purchased. they get these results: he used the same type of Taylor drops as my test kit....
Sold me some soda ash and a clarifier and told me to take the floaters out. Put all this in yesterday and what do ya know? Still cloudy as ****.
There is one other thing that could be the whole problem but we don't know. This filter is so old. The pump is not priming coreectly. We can see water swishing through window and we get air coming out of the jets.We let the air out the top of the filter and keep it open a little. Husband replaced all the piping and O rings around pump. Still getting air.So husband put the air compressor onto the pump and we saw some air coming out of the side of the window but nothing crazy, not enough considering how much air is in the jets and come out the top of the filter.......So then he hooks it up the other way, to test the pipe underground and down the PSI went. We could also hear the air shooting out somewhere underground.........GREAT.
We are losing a considerable amount of water while we have the pump running continuously. It
s probably an inch below where we keep it right above the skimmer basket every morning so we are also filling it as we go with our hose and our well water.............
help. we are maxed out $ wise right now. Buying a new filter or going under ground to fix the pipe my send my husband to the looney bin...