Not sue if this is the right area to post but it is a chemistry question.
I have a salt pool with a non-functioning Aqua Rite chlorinator. So all last year I had problems with the pool holding chlorine, So in the winter I drained about 2/3 of the water and refilled the pool. So this year Iím having the same problem with chlorine levels. So following the advice of my pool supply store I have slammed/shocked the pool, tried algaecide treatments. So far nothing has helped To kind of give you an idea of whats going last Wednesday 6 bags of shock after 4 hours 2 bags of E-Z CLOR Q2 shock oxidizing treatment the next morning Thursday chlorine was almost non existent. So I added two more bags of shock. So Friday following the advice of the pool store employee whoís been trying to help me sent to another one of their stores to talk to ďMarkĒ I explained what was going on he said if the chlorinator was not working the salt would be using up the chlorine. So is this true? He said my option were to drain the pool or replace the chlorinator. He did add he could not come close to selling me a chlorinator compared to what I could buy one on line for. As for draining the pool not really a responsible option in CA. So before I bite the bullet on a new chlorinator dose salt using chlorine seem right ? BTW Iím not big on technical stuff, so defiantly laymenís terms. Hears the test results from Friday.
Pool 20,000gal. I did add salt after I drained the pool.
Total chlorine 1.0
Free Choline 1.0
total alkalinity 100
Calcium hardness 230