I live in Indiana, near Louisville, Ky. I'm a first time pool owner of a 16x48 AG intex ultraframe. It holds 5,061 gallons. Came with the Krystal clear cartridge filter pump 1200 gph. And I also bought the Krystal clear intex saltwater pump. The pool has been up almost 1 month. Ran fine for 2-3 weeks but now the low salt light is on. I added what the manual told me to. So far, four 40lb bags have been put in the pool. Here are ALL the levels that my test strip shows me.
Salt 3310 ppm
TH 200, maybe 400, hard to tell
CYA 100 (was 30-50 at 15 sec wait like instructed but a minute later the color read 100)
I apologize for any confusion as these test strips can be hard to read and I am a first time pool owner. I'm desperate for help. My low salt light keeps coming on so I added the salt then I cleaned the cell as instructed. All the cells were covered in a chalky white substance. My father in law tells me our water is very hard out here in the country. After cleaning as instructed with vinegar, I then had to clean AGAIN, then scrub with a tooth brush. I then put in a new filter and ran the swg on boost. I just went to check on it and the cells are COMPLETELY covered in the white stuff again. Then I received these test results. Please help Bc I thought the swg was supposed to make things easier but I'm getting so discouraged. The pool is mostly clear but kinda cloudy sometimes. I just can't believe the white build is back over night but maybe Bc it was on boost? And I read the cell only needs cleaned once every 4 months but the white stuff appeared very early on.