Hello, I'm very new to this forum.
I'm also relatively new to having a pool (8 months now).
We converted to a saltwater pool a couple of months ago and have had very few problems.
The only problem is that our pH keeps drifting up, so we need to add muriatic acid regularly.
My husband asked me to look into why our pH keeps creeping up.
I did a test this morning using TF-100 kit, basic Taylor kit and Leslie's test strips (so that's why there are a few numbers for some items)
pH 7.8 // 8.0
TA 150 // 180-240
CH 850 (?? the reagent in TF-100 kit looked cloudy, so I'm pretty sure this was wrong, last reading few weeks ago was 225)
borate ~ 50ppm
CyA >100ppm // 100-150
the Cl was on the low side, but that's not part of the problem.
I told husband that our pH and TA were too high, hence the pH upward drift.
I said to add muriatic acid, and maybe add some more to lower the pH to 7.2 and then aerate, to also reduce the TA.
He used a pool calculator, gives in a wrong number and adds 2 (!) gallons of muriatic acid to the pool and leaves for work.
I test the water in the afternoon:
I try to aerate for hours, with little change in the pH, so I finally tell him to go get some soda ash to raise the pH from this frightening 6.2 number.
He adds 10 lbs of soda ash. Yes, he does things drastically...
The pool becomes super cloudy.
We keep on aerating. After a few hours, the pH is 7.2 and TA 120.
These numbers seem okay-ish.
Only we have a super cloudy pool now.
You cannot see past the first step.
I'm sure it's oversaturated in carbonates, but...
what do I do now?
Thank you for your help.
newbie on this forum