Hi, we are new here. We have had our IG pool since 2007. It seems each year it is costing us more and more to maintain our pool. We opened the pool approximately 3 weeks ago. Pool was cloudy. Cleared up slightly after shock, polysheen on recommendation of pool store. Thought I would try another pool store and they did some kind of blue tablet test and said our phosphates where very high (turned drk blue). Suggested we use new product Pool Tonic and run for 48 hours. Pool did clear quite a bit because kids said they can see from deep end to shallow, which they couldn't do before. Went back today to retest and said phosphates were still "off the charts". Gave me a bottle of Pro Blue Natural Phosphate remover another $38. We feel like we are just stuck in a cycle and need to stop. Hoping you can all help. The following are the results from pool store today:
CC: 1.1 (I am assuming this is total chlorine on store printout)
TA:124 (there is an adjusted total alkalinity on printout 94)
We have sun all day no shade at all.
I am trying to learn how to cut the strings from these people. I know it's their business but its our money and I would rather spend it elsewhere if its possible.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer