My problem is similar to this link:
I have sunk more money into this "easy set" metal frame 18 x 48 Intex pool than I care to even add up. We are eating on the cheap this month and probably next...
1) gallons 18 x 48, 6,200 gals approx.
2) filter Intex came with the pool, cartridge filter you pull out
4) Vinyl, metal frame
5) pump size(flow rate) of your filter. Model 620? 4000 flow rate
At any rate, I have also put on the Intex saltwater system if that makes any difference with testing and balances and stuff and anyone's answers to my questions, I obviously can't shock my pool since it is run with salt.
Now, we filled it with well water, thinking the pump would pump out the rust. Nope. The pool is filled with rust that is floating on the bottom and of course staining, which at this point, the staining isn't the problem, it's getting rid of the rust somehow that is just settled all over the bottom of the pool.
Now here are my levels with the Walmart 6 way strip:
Hardness ppm: 400
free cholorine: 0 (ran the pump and saltwater system yesterday and it didn't register any problems with the salt being low or high, it just ran the 5 hour course and went into sleep mode, we assumed it had produced chlorine, apparently not)
TA: alkalinity 240
CYA ppm: 30-50
Now I read in the above post that chlorine should be 0 to add HTH METAL CONTROL...so since it was 0 I just added about 1/2 quart.
What do I do next?
I want to add that I am handicapped in my knees with severe osteoarthritis, my mom is 65 and has trouble getting around but can help some. And I have my 13 year old son who is strong at 170 and 5 feet 10, so he can help with the physical tasks. He is also highly gifted so he can understand all the chemical processes and how things work. I can understand the how to's if said in layman's terms.
We need this pool for me to be able to exercise and hopefully gain some more mobility. And of course most importantly for my kids to have fun this summer.
It has been a week now of installing, getting the pumps to run together, then trying to clear the water, the filter, etc....I've had a handiman and his pool expert come in and put up the pool, run the outdoor cords and ground faults and install the saltwater pump (which has a small leak at one of the cords, but let's not go there now)
I also read online to try putting a sock over the out flow of the filter pump into the pool to catch some of the rust so it's not being fiiltered back into the pool because apparently the Intex filters DO NOT Filter rust. We noticed that right away when we tried sucking it out with the vacuum, it just pushed the rust back in. We've changed the sock twice and it's been bright red. We've hosed the filter off 3 times now too.
And I read to try a wet vac to suck out some of the rust and I really want to try that but not sure if that will help.
Okay that is my long explanation and plee to anyone who can provide me with some answers.
Also, when is it safe to swim in it? Can you swim with the rust? Can you swim with 0 chlorine?
How soon can you swim after adding METAL CONTROL...? How much metal control will I need for this size of pool.
I plan to add the rest of the quart tonight before bed.