New to Pool


New member
Jul 7, 2020
Statesboro, GA
I am a newbie to all of this pool stuff. We bought a foreclosure in southern GA and my son got the pool from green to clean and now it’s my turn to maintain it. Help! My test strips have my PH at 6.8, Tl Alkalinity at 40, free chlorine at 0 and the stabilizer at 30-50. Do I add baking soda and chlorine at the same time?


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TFP Expert
Bronze Supporter
May 3, 2014
Laughlin, NV
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Welcome to the forum!
Test strips are not a reliable method of testing your pool water chemistry. Review Pool Test Kits - Further Reading
Add the baking soda (why? Few pools need to raise TA unless they are using trichlor pucks) and then the liquid chlorine.
I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry.