So pool has been open a week (see signature). I originally started with Bleach but (in the intro section) was told to switch to dichlor till I got my CYA levels up.
Most of the week my Ph levels has been 7.6 but as I started using the dichlor slowly dropped.
yesterday afternoon my readings were (using an HTC 6 way tester)
ph: 7.0 or a little lower.
the pool calculator told me to add 1oz of dichlor (a little over 2tbsp)
and about 2.7oz of borax (about 5.5tbsp)
Added that and about an hr later I added a little algaecide.
Today my daughter wanted to get in but it was kinda rainy and about 76 but I took a reading about 11:30am
The Cl: was higher then the 5 (I am getting confused because my tester max out at 5 but the pool calculator says 6) Basically it was a darker yellow then even the 5
The PH: was a color that was basically magenta. WAY darker then any PH so I am guessing it is pretty high...above the 8.2 (which is the highest the tester goes)
CYA: still wasn't registering....so must be under a 30.
I used reg. bleach for the first few days until my dichlor got here on wed. (had to order it). Normally ...when I go to get in the pool my Ph has been about 7.4 and I would need to add a little dichlor to bring the Cl above a 2. It normally would read a 1 or .5 today was the first day we left the cover on because of the coming rain. Normally it is in full sun (was cloudy today) from 9:30-7pm.
Basically why is my Ph SO high and since I shouldn't add any more dichlor (which would lower it) should I try to lower it another way? Also....why does the pool calculator suggest a 6 for me but my tester is only as high as 5 for the Cl. I think I am reading it wrong or not understanding it very well. If you read the instructions with it it tells you you shouldn't have Cl over a 4.
Anyone be able to shed some light on this for me?
Thanks. I have read the pool chemistry etc... but I still get a little confused! Thanks