We just moved into a new house and have "inherited" our first pool. I have been adding granular chlorine and tabs (as recommended by the previous owners) but within the hour, my chlorine reading drops to 0. My local pool store tries to keep selling me $70 bottles of phosphate chemical each time I go since they tell me that my phosphate level is "greater than 2000". I have been lurking here for about a week or so and really need some help. One of the introduction posts said that phosphates may not even matter, so I have started to question them...
Where do I start? I can't keep a chlorine reading to save my life. I have been using the test strips for water testing (again, as recommended by the previous owners), but just ordered the TF-100 test kit as recommended by the website and it should be here in a few days.
According to my Aquachek strips, my pH is 6.8, free chlorine is 0 ppm, total alkalinity is 120 ppm, and stabilizer is somewhere around 130 ppm.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
I've already learned a ton from the site, and am very appreciative of any help I can get! Thank you!