Hi, I'm not new to pool ownership, but I am new to chlorine. We converted last year from bacquacel to chlorine because of cost. Had minimal problems keeping everything in level last year.. this year we've had troubles from the get go. I found your website and have read all through the pool school and will be switching over to the BBB method...I've been shocking and adding the chlorine pucks etc this year to no avail. Can't get my free chlorine levels above 0...So after reading everything in the pool school and sizing my pool with the pool calculator, I poured 2 gallons of 6% bleach in my pool and left the filter running.. I also have pucks in the 2 floating containers in my pool which have been there consistently plus adding powdered chlorine every other day...I have a faint chlorine smell this morning but when checking chlorine levels, I'm still at a 0... we changed the direction of the return outlet from bubbling up on the surface to pointing toward the floor and to the side some to attempt to circulate the water on the bottom more and now we have a slight foamy surface and bugs aren't being caught by the skimmer. My other numbers are this:
and I'm sorry, thats all my little test kit checks....My water is cloudy and has been all year this year..Started the season with nasty green algae but didn't seem to have any problems getting rid of that, cleared up fairly quickly but as it cleared, the cloudy came on.. Using well water that is 'hard water' to refill, doing that every 2-3 days as it's very hot here, live in Missouri, in the states, high heat, high humidity...Have always used well water so that can't be the problem (I wouldn't think)...HELP!!