Hello all, and thanks in advance for any help.
This will be my xx year of opening my pool. I thought I had it down but this year it seems like I have issues.
I have a 44K gallon gunite pool. Pool is about 3/4 filled and have all running but the skimmers. I also have an Aquabot helping out.
In the past, I cleaned and threw shock in it and in less than a week, things looked good.
This year, I threw in the shock and after a handful of days, the water was brown in color. Like sand or dirt.
I cleaned out the Cartridge filter 3-4 times already and the Aquabot cleaned a few times a day.
I started doing my water testing and didn't seem to understand my results. I just came back from the pool store and they ended up with almost the same results.
My Chlorine is off the scale (high). Over 40
My Ph is off the scale low. Less than 7
My Total Alkalinity Test (after step #3), never turned green, it was blue-ish. After step #4, it didn't turn red only orange.
My Calcium Hardness Test never turned red. Only a pinkish color after step #3. It also never turned blue, only a light blue.
My Cyanuric Acid Test showed at 80 when the black dot disappeared.
The Pool store said they couldn't tell much until my Chlorine # went down. Never gave me results of other areas.
So in reading the posts, I think I need to get my Ph up first. So I need some Borax. Would this be the first corrective step?
Anything else I should do. I ordered a new test kit as my other one was a few years old and didn't know if the chemicals were still good.