Hello all....I'm new here and I hope it is not too tacky of me to introduce myself and then pour over my pool issues. Pool details are in sig...
I live in Minneapolis, MN and was a first time pool owner last summer. We got through it, learned some expensive lessons but still had a great season nonetheless and was thinking we'd have a much easier start to this season....WRONG! We've been having nothing but trouble getting open and keeping chlorine so obviously, there's something still alive in the water. Test results are posted below along with the advice I was given with each test. My dilemma is that I am hundreds of dollars in checmicals thus far and have made no head-way but I also realize that I cannot stop now. The water itself looks great, the skimmers and pool itself are both dead animal and debris-free. The filter cartridges are brand new last August.
Sunday, 5/18 - initial opening first test of year
FC - 0.0
TC - 1.6
pH - 6.9
TA - 180
CH - 225
CYA - 40
Advice was to add 24lbs of pH down to drop alkalinity....wait 2 hours....add 3lbs pH up to bring pH back up, wait 6 hours, add 16 gallons liquid shock (pro-clor)c
Monday, 5/19 - 24hrs later
FC - 0.0
TC - 1.4
pH - 7.6
TA - 125
CH - 250
CYA - 55
Advice was to just shock with another 8 gallons of liquid Pro-Clor
Tuesday, 5/20 - 24hrs later
FC - 0.3 (yay, a baby step)
TC - 1.9
pH - 6.4 (woah, what happened there?)
TA - 140
CH - 150
CYA - 20
NEW TEST - Ammonia - off the charts, estimated at 15ppm
Advice was to add 35lbs granular chlorine (56% chlorine) and 4lbs pH up to make the chlorine do it's job.
I did the pH up about 7:30 last night and then the chlorine treatment at 10pm. Before leaving for work, a quick dip-strip test at 7am this morning showed 0 chlorine. I plan on heading back to the store tonight for another test but seriously...do I need to be doing something different? 35 POUNDS of chlorine gone in 9 hours?
Thanks for reading and thank you in advance for your advice. I realize I am not the first to have an issue like this and probably far from the worst, but I just want to get it right!