I am introducing myself to the TFP forum today. Wow-this site is great! I just read the previous post, someone in Tulum, Mexico asking for eco-friendly pool keeping advice--how cool is that!
I've always dreamed of having a pool, never had one before. Well: at the beginning of September we filled our new Endless Pool. The model is the Original Endless Pool, which is made of metal panels with a vinyl liner. (I have put the specs in my Signature bar.) We LOVE it. We have already spent many wonderful hours enjoying being outdoors while in the water.
But of course I have many, many questions. (I did read "Pool School", and although I still don't understand it, I DID already go into a pool store and encounter an employee who seemed to understand even less...)
I read the Pool School instructions for starting a seasonal pool to get going--but I didn't follow through: I didn't get the CYA level up high enough to read (never cloudy enough to hide the black dot) before I ran out of DICHLOR granules and switched back to bleach.
So my first question is: how important is that, given that we keep the sun off the pool with a retractable cover most of the time?
I have been adding some bleach every night, keeping the FC level at. .5-1, until we had some cloudy water (after I forgot to check the chlorine for a day or 2) Then I added more, shocking, until it cleared. But we still have a FOAMING problem--when the jacuzzi jets go on--it turns into a bubble bath--YIKES. I had added some clarifier from a bottle that came with a set of chemicals from Endless Pool. could that have caused the bubbles? Or switching to concentrated bleach? or is it organic material in the water?
PH 7.8, TA 90, CH 190, cya--less than 40. Temp: 95 degrees
Alkalinity has been very stable 100, 90, since the pool has been going. Calcium hardness--I had to add some--the original water was 110. PH has not fluctuated much, has tended to go up.
Thanks for the help!