Swimming Pool Question?
I am a new pool owner this summer. Here is how I have been taking care of my pool and then I have one question maybe someone can help me with. Once a week on Sunday night I super shock the pool, add algaecide and clearifier. The next morning after doing chemicals, we vacume the pool since the chemicals gather the small particals to the floor. Everyday I test the water and most of the time the PH is perfect and I don’t have to do anything. But when it is off when I test it with the test strip, I add the PH plus that evening. I have never had any signs of algae or cloudyness. Its blue, clear and sparkly! But heres the thing…when I test the water everyday, the Free Chlorine (FC)/Bromine is always the color that shows 0/0. And its suppose to be pink which shows 1/2 to 2/4 that is in the ideal range. Im not sure why it never registers that I have any Chlorine (FC). Like I said we don’t have ANY pool problems so should I add something or just leave it alone!!?? Thanks!
You probably don’t neet to use algaecide and clarifier so often, I only use them once a year at opening, and use chlorine and soda ash (to raise pH) the rest of the season.
What are you shocking the water with? If you are using Bromine, you will have no free chlorine. You might need a different test kit. But if you are using chlorine, maybe it none of it is free, all of it is bound? If your water is clear and you are not growing algae, maybe it’s not a problem.
Your pool store may offer free water evaluation if you take them a water sample. It might bne interesting to see what they say.
5 Keys to Pool Care – 5. Pool Water Chemistry, ParPools.com