I have been having a heck of a time keeping chlorine levels up in my pool.
I think part of the issue is it is just so big, but even wwhen I go above and beyond the pool calculator suggestions, the chlorine is nowhere to be found!
Last night after dark I added 4 full 182oz jugs of 6% bleach to my pool after getting a 0 test result. The water wasa little blurry, but I don't think I have run into any algae problems yet. I put enough bleach in the pool that it should have gone from 0 to 12ppm per the pool calculator specs
This morning I tested the clorine level again, and it is still testing at 0! I put enough bleach in the pool that it should have gone from 0 to 12ppm
I have also been struggling with CYA. I put in about 5 pounds so far, given it over a week, and still am not getting anything to show up on the CYA test. I fill the tube all the way to the top and still see the black dot very clearly. I have used the approach of putting some in the skimmer to run through the filter for 2 weeks, and have also been filling a sock and hanging it in front of the return.
So does the fact that what should have been 12 chlorine is already gone without any sunlight impact a sign that my water is overrun with bacteria?
Here are the rest of my test results, in case it helps:
pH last night was 7.8 - used a gallon of muratic acid last night and now ph is sitting at about 7.3
TA is 180, it has been in this range since I filled the pool a few weeks ago. I am having a hard time keeping the pH low enough to aerate it and lower the TA, pH keeps headig in the 7.8-8.0 range. I was using the hth pH minus before because I couldnt find muratic acid, but I finally found some last night at Lowes.
CH is 210, but it a vinyl pool so no biggie there.
I understand I am losing chlorine fast partially because the CYA is low, but I am trying not to completely overload it with CYA because of what I have read here about the issues if it gets too high.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Do I just keep loading it with bleach until it starts registering?