Holiday Help Needed
I need to get this sorted before I go away!
– I have an above ground intex splash pool – 15’ diameter, 3’6” deep. Approx. 4000 IMP Gallons 4750 US Gallons.
I currently use test strips (but will invest in something better soon)
I keep the chlorine in the middle of the recommended range.
The pH is off the bottom of the scale, and the total alkalinity is off the top of the scale.
Setting aside the issue that to newcomers this is completely counter intuitive
– Which of these is the more important? and how should I tackle this?
As ever reading and researching seems to indicate the more you learn the less you know.
Other points that might be relevant:
The water is crystal clear until we use it, which stirs-up the silty grey deposits on the bottom – (which is a different topic – see below)
I have a very Heath Robinson Set-up where the bottom drain outlet feeds a central heating circulating pump pushing the water through 6 old radiators (2 strings of 3 in parallel) linked-up with garden hose. I would say that rust was an issue, as despite repeated flushing, the water had a rusty tinge, inadvertently removed by the addition of some pH increaser that seemed to combine with the rust to form a grey powder.
There are 2 cartridge filter pumps drawing from the 2 connections and returning over the sides, with the ends of the flexible tubing terminating in plastic waste pipes (about 2’ long) weighted so that the discharging ends sink to the bottom (theoretically increasing mixing of the hotter / colder layers (hotter being a relative term in the UK) – I mention this because the addition of a few small holes in the ends of the pipes above the waterline causes air to be drawn into the pipes which bubbles out thus creating a degree of aeration.
Will the aeration increase the pH? And should I reduce the total alkalinity by adding ‘Muratic Acid’ as in dilute hydrochloric acid, which in the UK is known as ‘Brick & Patio Cleaner’
Any advice would be useful –