Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my situation! My name's Zach and until this season my father took care of the pool. I got my pool algae free and is blue again but it is really cloudy. I took my water to a friend at a Pool and Spa store to test my water and I now have my results. I know my dad used to use household chemicals to maintain our pool and I'm interested in learning how to continue to do so.
Some facts needed about the pool are:
15' X 30' X 53'' above ground vinyl pool.
The test results are as follows:
Sat Idx: -0.1
Tot. Chlorine: 0.4
Free Chlorine: 0
Tot. Alkalinity: 87
Tot. Hardness: 85
I've been researching a little today about what chemicals to use in substitute for pool brand chemicals but I realized there's a lot to learn! For example, I tried the pool calculator and it suggested using baking soda for raising my Total Alkalinity but that will in turn raise my pH which seems to be too high. The fix to lower pH seems to be acid.
I'm assuming I want to start changing certain levels before other levels because of the affect they might have on each other. What would be a good start for me at this point in time?
Thanks in advance for the advice,