Hello all. My wife and family purchased a home last year with an underground pool. The pool size is 33 x 16 with an 8 foot well in the deep in with diving board, and it slopes up to a 3 foot end I believe. We moved in around late October and I have no prior experience with pools. We hired a professional to close the system down last year and the same people to reopen it this year. Everything was going well with my dipstick type test kit (free chlorine, total chlorine, ph, and alkalinity) except for the free chlorine was stubborn in coming up.
I purchased some shock from the local pool supply company and all was much better but not up to par for FC yet. So being the noob that I am, I cranked the chlorinator up to 4 when it was running fine on 1.5. I thought this would fix my problem, but it only created more problems. I took a sample into the pool supply for verification because I couldn't get any readings with my test strips. He informed me that my chlorine is through the roof and I have no alkalinity or ph. He sold me 3 pounds (a bucket full) of alkalinity increaser. He calculated out that I have around 21,000 gallons of water. He said to dump it all in the pool, and that I should see a result in 30 minutes. It appears to have raised, but i'm just lost because not enough I guess.
Also, he sold me some ph increaser. He said to add it directly to the skimmer where the water intakes in on the side of the pool. I figured out so far I should add about 24 ounces of this, but I haven't done so yet.
I don't have any #'s right now, sorry i'm back at work, and this was on my lunch hour. The chemicals cost me $52 bucks, and I don't want to spend more because i'm dumb when it comes to water. Anyway, i'm thinking of buying that TF100 kit. Any help would be greatly appreciated.