Hello, My name is Patty and I have an old pool and have never really known how to take care of it. I relied on pool companies and now a man that opens and closes it. This year I'm having a hard time with the pH and Chlorine levels. I have spent a fortune already this year. I'm hoping one of you knows what to do. Here is my info. Thank you so much for reading this.
Gunite Pool Inground, Plaster, Built 1982
20’ x 40’ paisley, 8’ deep end, 3’ shallow end, 26,000 gal - 30,000 gal ??
Filter - Apolo Mode VA 38, 38ft, pressure 50lbs, flow rate 95 GPM, 22” lg., 40” deep, 20” wide
Model No. C48K2PA105C5, 1 HP 115/230 *3450 RPM 60 HZ
Last test at pool supply store:
FAC - .75 Low
TAC - 1.5
CH - 140 ppm
CYA - 30
TA - 20
pH - 7.2
When the pool was opened lots of tiles around the top had fallen off. I though I had gotten them all scooped up, but not so and some clogged the piping, So I had to have the pipe dug up because of the right angle pipe. It could not be snaked. Snaked it and it was ok. Pool is old.
The pool is nice and clear, looks great, but I can’t get the pH 7.2 or the chlorine .5-1 levels up. Per pool store, I put in Soda Ash in and they came up. They also gave me Hardness Plus because of the Calcium Hardness was low. I waited for the Soda Ash to do it’s thing, but didn’t put in the calcium plus because the pH and chlorine went down again. They told me to put in the following, but it is back to low both pH and chlorine:
For two mornings I have put in the Chlor Brite from Leslie Pool (Sodium Dicloro-s-triazinetroine dihydrate 99%, available chlorine 55%). 1/2 package each morning and I have 6 hockey puck tabs of chlorine floating in the pool. The reading is the same, 7.2 pH and chlorine .5-1.
The pool store personel say to shock the pool like this until the tabs kick in.?? Not to use the Power Plus shock I have (Calcium hypochlorite 73%, 70% available chlorine). Question: should I still use the floating chlorine pucks?
I’m at a total loss of what to do. I don’t know who to believe. I have spent a fortune already this year on this pool. Can anyone help me figure this out. I’ve just registered with your site and read about SLAMing my pool. Is this what I’m doing and should I just keep doing this. Can I put in a full 1 pound bag to help speed it up?