Just purchased my first above ground 16X24 oval pool. We put it semi-inground and are living with a muddy mess at the moment, but that's another story.
The water is one week old. Looks pretty clear. My husband and I have to laugh as neither of us have a clue as to what we're doing. It's like an I love Lucy show. At least we have a sense of humor.
Need some help. Why and when does one need to backwash. What's that all about. I did not see this topic listed in the Pool School. Could use a bit of advise especially since when we turn the sand filter on, it shoots a good 3-5 seconds of dirt into the pool, then clears.
The lovely lady at the pool store who sold us the pool and a ton of "stuff" told me today after I brought it a water sample, that I need to add the following:
Step 1: sprinkle 10 lbs of alkalinity up around the pool= seems like a lot. My level read 40
Step 2: sprinkle 1 lb of power powder plus (shock) arond the pool 4 hrs later
Step 3: Pour 1 gallon of "liquid conditioner" into the skimmer
Day 2: sprinkle 12 lbs of hardness plus into the pool
This seems like an awful lot of chems to add, doesn't it?
Just so you now... my pH is currently 7.2
Calcium Harness 100