I was wondering if any one can give me some advice on this. I just moved into a new house and found that the water in the pool was extremely acidic. I bought some test strips at the pool shop to get a rough idea of what is going on and the PH and Total alkalinity did not even register (it just shows 0). So I decided to fix the total alkalinity first, by adding sodium bicarbonate. This did not have any effect at all...I have added 12 pounds of sodium bicarbonate so far and still the tests strips don't register any TA or PH. My pool pump is set on bypass, so nothing is being filtered out and I haven't added anything else to the water.
Am I missing something, or are the test strips just defective?