Hello all. I am very frustrated and think this just might be the group to help me out. If not, medication is going to be required!! I started reading through the various posts and just got myself more frustrated because I couldn't tell what applied to me and what did not!!
Last year we purchased a fiberglass pool. It is somewhere close to 14 x 32 and is curved in in the middle (I think it is called Montego Bay??). Anyway, I mistakenly thought when we purchased it that the individuals installing the pool would also provide some basic education on how to take care of it. Well that was obviously a mistake on my part.
Here is the situation. We have a salt generator on it that creates chlorine. We don't test the water with strips at all. We tried it once and the Chlorine didn't register at all. When we asked the pool people about it they said it was because of our 'generator'. However, from reading this forum, I am not sure that is accurate. It sounds as though even with a salt generator, we should be testing/monitoring our pool for several things (like pH, etc...).
Also, this year I am having a terrible time with staining. I have dark yellow spots at the water line that will not come off regardless of how much or how hard I scrub. I put a vitamin C tablet against them and it seemed to help a little but they did not 'magically disappear'. Is it still probably metal? They appeared to appear after we added water to the pool. Prior to that, I had a water line that regular scrubbing pretty much removed.
Other than a problem where our water got cloudy a little last year (which we resolved with running the filter more) we didn't have any issues.
I have a feeling we are way behind the eight ball in our knowledge and need to catch up. I tried reading the books that came with the salt gen and other apparatus and just felt even dummer!! I think I need the 'Dummy's Guide to Fiberglass Pools'.
Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.