Just moved into a house which has an inbuilt in ground pool. I have never owned a pool before and trying to learn the chemistry portion of maintaining the pool.
I ran a test yesterday (using Pool Master kit) and here are chemical numbers
- Total Chlorine: 5
- pH: 8.5
- Total Alkalinity - 50
I had a local pool company come in today to walk me through Pool 101 (equipment etc). We also chatted about pool chemical levels and the technician recommended to get the TA level up first by using baking soda and then work on pH levels.
- From the little I have read so far, will adding baking soda increase my pH level drastically? Any other recommended chemicals?
- How do I get Chlorine level low? (for last 1 week i have not added any chlorine and chlorine floater are empty) (we get little sun at this time of year in Nortwest)
- Any other hints on getting started here
- Pool Size: 28000 gallons
- Above Ground Pool (plastered)
- Sand Filter
- 20 year old pool
- Round spa next to pool with water falling out of spa into pool (likely 2 feet drop)
- Location: North west (50 degrees with no sun and little rain here and there)