Hello, I live in Baltimore, Maryland and I just found this web site last night and was "dumb founded" when I realized how easy pool maintenance can be. I especially like the BBB method. I can't believe I've been buying expensive bags of shock when I could have been using Bleach! If someone had told me to use bleach I would have thought they were crazy, but I see that I was actually the crazy one!
Anyway, I read and read last night to figure out how to balance my pool and have beautiful crystal clean water. I think one of the first things I need to do is buy a testing kit. We have had our above ground pool for approximately 12 years and all I've ever used was test strips! Of course, I never could read them so I would end up taking pool water to the closest pool and spa store and having them analyze my water. The store we buy our chemicals from uses BioGuard brand products and analyzes our water through a computerized water analysis system.
Anyway, my head is so full of numbers and symbols and abbreviations and "raise" this and "lower" that, that I am wondering if I just give you all the information from the water analysis I had done this morning, that someone could please tell me what to do?
My water is currently blue and cloudy (can barely see the bottom). Following are the current conditions in my above ground pool:
Temperature: 72 degree F
Saturation Index: -0.7
Total Chlorine: 0.6
Free Chlorine: 0
Total Alkalinity: 82
Adj. Totl Alk.: 53
Total Hardness: 260
The BioGuard dealer told me that I will need:
One 12 lb. box of Balance Pak 100 ($16.77)
One 3 lb. bottle & one 8 lb. bottle Lo 'N Slo ($18.13)
One bag of Burn Out Extreme ($4.00)
One 20 lb. container Optimizer Pluz ($47.18)
I would be most appreciative if someone can tell me if I can clear up this cloudy problem for less than $91.24 (including sales tax)?
8,300 gallon pool, Above ground printed vinyl, Sand filter