Im a new pool owner... It is an above ground Intex metal frame vinyl lined 15x48in pool. We have extremely hard water at my home, and have spent 2 weeks now trying to balance the chemicals to the proper levels.
I am using the HTH brand test strips, and all of the chemicals I have bought & used are HTH brand as well. My total hardness, PH, total alkalinity, and cya are currently showing to be as high as possible on the test strips. I have kept the pump going 24/7, kept 3 in chlorine tablets in floaters in the pool, shocked it once, added ph minus twice, and added algae guard twice... The pool water is absolutely clear. It does not smell like chlorine, and there is no buildup or slimy feeling...
I have never maintained a pool before & am clueless as to how to get the levels to the correct amount!
I've read that muriatic acid might could help my problem. Will it damage my pool? If not, how much, how so, & how often should I add the acid?
Or do I need something else entirely?
Please help!! Ive spent a lot of time & money, & want to know what im doing wrong--Thanks in advance