I am a new pool owner trying to figure out all of the chemicals. I had a pool man open my pool, he shocked it, got the water blue and clear, but told me my salt water chlorinater was not working b/c it read low salt. I read online, took water samples to Leslie's, figured out I needed to add more salt. Added salt, fired the pool guy. Have added shock according to Leslie's recomendations. Salt water chlorinator working fine now, Leslies keeps telling me my numbers are good. Have also added 2 ltrs of phosfree to lower phosphates as recommended by Leslies. I don't have a current set of numbers b/c dear husband threw them away (currently having Leslies do my pool water testing, but will get my own kit very soon). I have also added a bottle of something to try to clear particles from the water, (a brightner?) to try to clear particles that appeared in a cloud like form in the deep end of the pool, with the rest of the pool being blue and clear.
My problems are 1. this continuing cloud at the deep end, 2. when looking into the pool water at night with the pool light there seem to be millions of particles, 3. air comes out of the water jets forming bubbles that remain under the water, and the water seems to be thick like gel (looks thick, seem like a coating on top of the water, but doesn't feel thick or slimy). The air and water just seem to blurp out of the jets.
Is this alge, bacteria, somthing I've added to the pool in chemical form? I am a nurse and I am AFRAID to let anyone into the pool fearing a bacterial soup in my pool. I will get a set of numbers and post after Leslie's opens.
I have a fiberglass, 18 x 38 pool, saltwater chlorinator.