Salt water pool PH/Free Cholorine Levels Off

  • Last Post 09 August 2018
Miekevson posted this 05 June 2018

I'm trying to figure out what to do first.
I've been using test strips and liquid testing.

The strips tell me water hardness is 0 and to add Calcium Chloride
The PH level is a bit high it's between 7.8 and 8.2 closer to the 8.2 (liquid test)
Salt level strips tell me the salt is 3400
Both strips and liquid tell me the free chlorine is low. The liquid is probable below 0.2 judging from the color
Alkalinity is good on both strips and liquid test at 90

We setup this pool last year in July. It's now June and we have had no problems. We ran the pump/chlorinator a few hours each day during the winter and it runs about 8 hrs during the summer when we use it.

The water is clear as can be and no slimy / algy or anything in the water or on the sides/bottom of the pool.

I'm just confused on what to do and when to do it.

What do I fix first? Hardness? Chlorine? PH? and how?

Hope one can help, I'm reluctant to put ANYTHING in this water because it looks so pretty but I know certain levels can mess with the equipment and I don't want to ruin that either.




Toddab posted this 09 August 2018

Check the Cyanuric Acid level. Salt pools generally need stabilizer added since stabilized chlorine tablets aren't used. That should help maintain the chlorine level.

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