I've been using EZ Pool. I plan to switch to the TFP method after next week when the last EZ pool dose is used.
The water has a funky smell (hard to describe other than its unpleasant), it tastes sour (we don't drink the water as a rule but some always gets in your mouth when you swim), our skin feels dried out and it irritates the eyes. The water quality from an appearance standpoint is pristine - absolutely gorgeous and sparkly (which is why I've stuck with the EZ pool since the pool was installed last summer). No signs of algae in the pool at all. We have lots of trees around the pool thus lots of leaves fall in it, lots of frogs and toads and on one occasion a woodchuck took a swim. I skim out the leaves and frogs at least twice a day. I shocked the pool like crazy after the wood chuck incident - he survived but I was still grossed out. I frequently check the basket by the filter to make sure no frogs found there way in there when I was emptying the skimmer basket.
I keep a 3" trichlor tablet in the skimmer basket about 75% of the time and shock the pool with 1 lb of 52% calcium hypochlorite (super shock 'n swim) once a week or so and after a heavy day of use.
Inground vinyl liner ~19,500 gals (16 x 32)
My handy dandy TF-100 testing kit tells me:
pH - 7.5
FC - 0.5
TA - 120
CH - 450
CYA - 80
Here are my questions:
1. Do I have to do anything with the water once I stop using EZ pool and switch over to the household bleach method?
2. Is the funky smell, irritation and dried out skin related to the low chlorine? Will the switch over address this issue?
3. We live in a rural area and our fresh water is very hard - is the incoming quality of the water used to fill the pool a concern?
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