First, I purchased a "season maintenance" contract costing around 1,200 because my husband travels a lot and I was scared that I would not know anything about how to maintain my pool. Opened pool May 17, now 2 weeks later still not useable, and cloudy, and over $200 more in chemicals.
I used "liquid shock" which it seems is sodium hypochlorite, and wondering isn't this just ordinary bleach? And if not, is it different concentration, purity, or other ingredients? One gallon of it is 5 dollars.
I used pristine check and pristine blue, and it became cloudy after I put that into the water. I was told the rain causes cloudy water, and then was told that dead algae that is too small to get filtered by the sand filter is the cause. What is the cause?
I used fiber clear and "proteam superflock" to clear the water. It is still cloudy. I used "pH up" which is sodium carbonate, and it is still cloudy. Tonight I am supposed to use more liquid shock.
Lab values this morning were pH 7.0, alkilinity 90ppm, pristineblue 0.26, iron 0ppm, hardness 135ppm, and free chlorine not run, total chlorine not run, and cya not run. This was done by the professional at the store.
Yes, I now understand that probably getting into the contract was not what I expected, but the costs are starting to run up and I can't use the pool. I saw the BBB method on this website and I am wondering about these other products. What are they? Do I need them? Especially the really expensive "pristine blue and pristine check" products. Is it possible to use my large bucket of pH up (sodium carbonate) to maintain the pH at 7.4-7.8 like they suggest, and just use bleach for the rest? Is the cloudiness really tiny dead algae, or is it rain water clouds? Is the filter clear (cellulose) actually needed? How do I know when I can use the pool? I asked the pool people how do I know when the pool is safe and they said SAFE FOR WHAT? Like, well, safe for swimming, duh.