Posted on a competing website - but this seems like a much better place for it....
I'm having issues with my salt water chlorination (Nature-Soft)
I just bought this house and this is my first pool - so my apologies if this seems rather elementary.
Instead of trying to explain everything, I figured I'd do it in pictures:
Ok, last week I moved into this house. The pool was built in 2004 by Shasta Pools. It appears to be roughly 7,500-10,000 gallons (very rough estimate as there are no documents to support)
I took a sample of the water to Shasta last Thursday to get a good idea of what I was looking at.
Here is a test strip from the pool just a few moments ago:
Ok - now that I've built the ground-work:
Thursday, I noticed my nature-soft unit blinking Inspect Cell and No Flow - also, no green lights under chlorinating. I pulled a strip and saw some lousy results in the colors - so I threw a bag of weekly shock into the pool and waited 3 hours. I then called the 800 number on my nature-soft unit after resetting the unit. I was told to clean the generator, and given instructions on how to do it. I had acid handy so this was a breeze. I let it soak on both ends in the mixture for 10ish minutes then reloaded everything, got the air out of the system and then let it stabilize for a few minutes before again reseting the unit. I got a solid Check Cell light this time.
I then decided to take a sample of the water to Shasta (see results above). The fella at the pool store said that the salt was a bit high, and that I should dump a couple inches of water to lower the salt numbers.
I did that on Thursday and allowed the pool to fill back up all day Friday before I did anything further. Saturday came around and I'm getting similar results with a solid Check Cell light
I'm now getting some (what looks like) red algae growing on the edges of the pool and hot tub?
Also, the Jandy unit is showing salt levels at 1,900 ppm (which I think should be low and could account for my issues?
Now, I need to get another sample over to the store for a better result - but since I'm here and they are closed, I figured that I'd ask you folks for advise. I don't want to just add salt to the pool relying on the figures I see from the Nature-Soft equipment - nor do I want to keep dumping water - but I do need to get control over this before my pool turns green.
I understand another day won't hurt anything, and I'll get it tested first thing in the morning at the pool store.