Hi everyone I'm Angelique,
Six months ago I bought house in Long Island, NY and of course my children (growing up in an apartment for the last several years) wanted a pool. My husband wasn't thrilled about it
because he has owned several houses with pools and hot tubs in Sweden and found it too much to maintain.
I bought a small pool really so the kids would be happy. We bought the Summer Escapes 12' x 36", according to the manual it is 1950 gallons.
I have been using the cheap filtering system that comes with it, cleaning it out the filter every day and running it 24/7 and still my water isn't 100% clear.
1 also have purchased: 3 way test kit (FC and Ph), Leaf Skimmer, 3-1 3" Chlorinating Skimmer Tablets (the yellow bucket- non-stabilized), Borax, 6% Bleach, Ph minus, Algae Guard 3X Concentrate.
I recently purchased an Intex Krystal Clear 1,600 Gallon Sand Filter. But have not hooked it up because I needed an adapter for the skimmer (just received) and didn't know which and how much
sand to use for the filter and my pool.
From the 2nd day after the water was placed in the vinyl pool, my levels have never been good. Late at night I would get good Ph and low chlorine. I would add Chlorine and by mid afternoon my chlorine was ZERO! How could this be. I was using borax for my PH and either the 6% Bleach at night or the tablets in the skimmer. My water is never totally clear (mostly cloudy) and my chlorine is ZERO no matter what I do.
Today I plan on going to the supply store near me to get the items I need to make my pool safe for my kids and myself. I actually tested the levels Tuesday night and my Ph was around 6.8. I feel like
I have a Urinary tract infection. Is that possible from low chlorine and low Ph level? I put borax in Tuesday night around 11pm checked my Ph and it was up to 7.8, than around 3 am I put 4 oz. of shock n' swim (for pop up pools) in my pool and ran the filter and in the morning my PH was around 7.5 and my FC ZERO. I don't get it!
Can someone please help me so I can buy the supplies I need tomorrow and put them in accordingly. I plan to hook my Intex Krystal Clear 1,600 Gallon Sand Filter tomorrow. How much filter sand do I need to buy? any particular brand? Also what other supplies do I need to get my Chlorine UP and maintain it. Any help would be MUCH appreciated. I really just want my kids to enjoy their new backyard and the summertime. We did not use the pool today. In addition, I prefer not to drain the pool since it took over 18 hours to fill up this pool. My water level is low now, but I intentionally did not refill the pool above the skimmer line so I can easily change the hoses with the new filtering system tomorrow. Do I need any new hoses for my pool to the sand filter?
Should I drain my pool and start over? My water isn't green or anything just a bit cloudy and not reading the necessary levels to maintain a nice clean pool. Should I switch to to salt water? If I did are those SWG chlorinators afforable for a cheap above ground pool?
It really is wonderful to have such knowledgeable people to speak to instead of listening to the pool supply guy who may or may not know what he is talking about and probably wants to make the extra few $$ on newbies on supplies.
Thank you in advance-