Hello everyone, I am new to the site and have been reading different posts for over an hour and still have questions. I have an above ground pool, 15 x 42...just a basic from Walmart. last year we used a salt water system and didn't have a lot of problems, this year the SWG is not working. I have spent a ton on chemicals in the last month and have drained the pool and started over and still having problems.
We had the pool balanced and 2 days later it was green. I tested the water with multi use smart strips (yes I know cheap strips, had no idea about other testers) and I adjusted the pool according to the Clorox pool and spa recommendations. Which suggested I use green algae eliminator and a water clarifier. It was still green 2 days later so I shocked the pool with Clorox pool and spa xtra blue. The water is now cloudy and is testing at a 10 for total chlorine and a 10 for FC, and the PH is 6.8, with alkalinity registering 40 (the strips says 120 is normal range). Let me also say I am on city water so we have chlorine already in our water.
All the chemicals I have on hand are
Pure baking soda (12 lb bag)
Clorox pool and spa xtra blue shock
My salt pool salt water stabilizer
my salt pool PH reducer
green algae eliminator and water clarifier.
can I use any of the huge bottles of the salt water chemicals I purchased last summer, although I am no longer using a salt water system? I also want to start switching over to the BBB method. Anything easier and safer!
I know I need to get my PH and Alkalinity up and the chlorine down. I know the sun will help reduce my chlorine today since it will be 100 here today.
Thank you for all the help, my girls have been begging for a month to swim.