I am so glad I found this site and I can come to all of you for assistance. This year has been an utter disaster in terms of chemicals, clarity and all else that goes with being a pool owner. I suppose I was very lucky in the past with crystal clear water and just using the ol' chlorine and PH test kit that I have used for 16 years. I hope the signature details come up but in case they don't we have a 20x40 (30,000+ Gallon), IG vinyl pool with a Hayward Pro Grid DE filter and 1 HP rebuilt Hayward pump. I use chlorine tabs in our chlorinator and in past years I haven't had any issues but this year has been disastrous. So when we opened our pool this summer and got everything working and rolling, added the standard chemicals that I bought from In The Swim (which were fine) I noticed a brown staining and ended up purchasing Ascorbic Acid (after doing some research - because I loathe getting ripped off at the pool store) and everything seemed to be going well. I know that Ascorbic Acid wreaks havoc on other chemicals so I had everything balanced or so I thought. I then have gone through the stages of **** - cloudy, algae, imbalanced etc etc. Every trip to multiple pool stores this summer has left us with spending much $$$ and still I have some Algae on my pool bottom and struggle to keep chlorine (which I like at a high level usually) at an even minor level (told phosphates are the cause which I read here are a myth anyway) and really just a feeling of being ****** off. I have looked into the frog, salt water chlorinator and they just seems like BS.
So basically, I have no issue purchasing the TF100 pool testing kit and I surmise you will say I should and then post the test results. Should I even purchase it now at the end of the pool season? Does it make sense? So after I do that exercise, I imagine that I will do the test, post the findings and I can get the experts help from here to assist me? I am hoping so. Thank you so much in advance for the guidance.