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Thread: Cloudy pool.

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    Jul 2015
    Hampton Roads, VA

    Cloudy pool.

    I have a 5000 gallon pool. Above ground. I shock it everytime after it rains, put algeside in it last week. My daughter had a birthday party in the fourth. Been cloudy ever since. I put shock in it last night and then this morning. Could I add bleach to it to clear it up? It's about tk rain. Should I wait?

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    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Cloudy pool.

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    TFP does not generally recommend the use of algaecides or "shocking" on a schedule.
    Cloudy water is generally due to inadequate chlorine (FC) for the amount of stabilizer (CYA) in the water. See the FC/CYA Chart.
    If FC is always maintained above the minimum level listed for your CYA, then algae will not develop and the water will not likely get cloudy and there is no reason to "shock" the pool.

    If a problem does develop, then you need to follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process to clear it up. To do that requires one of the Recommended Test Kits. What test kit do you have?

    There is certainly no problem using bleach and that is actually the preferred method of adding chlorine.

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