Most of the year here in San Fernando Valley, CA I am struggling to keep PH down and chlorine levels up. The pool is surrounded by grass trees etc. I run a Hayward pool vac and keep the pool pretty clean - once I got rid of the useless pool service. During the warm months, I use liquid chlorine and shock and muriatic acid to keep PH down. I stopped using liquid chlorine in October and switched to the tabs. As of three weeks ago, total chlorine measured 10 and free chlorine 10-20 and PH 7. I stopped all chemicals over three weeks ago. The chlorine levels are not moving down. Should I use the acid now or wait for chlorine to lower? Now in December, the pool is receiving only a few hours of sun. Everywhere I read on the net is to just wait it out and the levels will go down. Any thoughts?
Is there a downside to using a chlorine neutralizer?