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    Aqua milk

    I have been slamming my pool for 4+ days but it never gets past a milky aqua color. I can only see about 12 inches down. Doesn't seem to be any debris. Of course in FL I'm getting pretty good rains to complicate the issue. The vinyl walls feel like sandpaper with what I assume is calcium buildup. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Welcome crich!

    To really be able to help you, we need more information. Can you provide a full set of results, but especially your FC and Cya numbers since you are doing a SLAM?
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Welcome to TFP!

    Yes, probably calcium scale. Focus on completing the SLAM now and we can work on the scale after. Did you lower PH before beginning the SLAM? How often are you testing FC and raising it back to SLAM level? Are you brushing daily? Pump running?

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    Re: Aqua milk

    I did not lower the pH as I started before I received my Test Kit (new to Forum and was listening to pool store). Just tested:
    FC: 31
    CC:1.5
    pH: 7.8
    CYA: 37
    CH: 150
    TA: 150
    Salt:4000 PPM

    Pump running continuously. Brushing. Tested FC before bed last night(33 FC).
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    Re: Aqua milk

    If possible, could you post some pics? Hopefuly you have been talking them all along, but if not, please take some now and post them. Especially of an area like steps or of something going into the pool like a pole.
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    Re: Aqua milk

    I believe you are doing better than you think. Your FC is a little too high. I would let it drift down to somewhere around 20 ppm or a bit less......you'll save on some chlorine and be almost as effective.

    Now, how did your FC get so high? Are you dosing according to PoolMath. Let us know.

    We'll tweak your other numbers a bit later.

    Disregard the rain.....it has virtually no affect on your pool. As advised, address the calcium later.

    It is mandatory that you keep your FC up around 20 ppm with frequent additions.

    Are you bvrushing and vacuuming?

    Is it clearer today than yesterday?

    Can we see some pics?
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Thought I was following PoolMath but obviously being a newbie I made a mistake somewhere but I'm not sure where. I'm not seeing a visible improvement (seems like it has been about the same for 3 days or so) but that may be due the variety of cloudy and sunny days. I don't have an autovac and I cannot see the bottom to vac. Doesn't seem to be hardly any debris or gunk when I net. I'll post some pics when the rain dies down.
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    This is what the pool looks like this morning. FC is 20.
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Not sure if it's any consolation, but my pool did the foaming thing when I first started brushing routine. It cleared up after a few days.
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Is there any chance you accidentally used "Splashless" bleach?
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Copy the IMG code on the right and paste it in your post to embed the image like this.

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    Re: Aqua milk

    that would explain the "suds" look using splashless bleach, it has soap like substance in it...
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Don't know what "splashless" bleach is. Been using liquid chlorine. Foaming has disappeared since this am. Seems to do it in the morning then clear. FC was at 23 this am. Slight drop at noon (.5). Thanks for all the feedback! I want to believe I am making progress but just doesn't look like it right now....being patient.

    Question: Shouldn't my filter pressure be rising with all the work it is doing? I rarely backwash it. The sand is less than a year old. Is it possible that my filter is channeling?
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    Re: Aqua milk

    I haven't seen a lot of debris or algae in your pool so I wouldn't expect a rapid rise in pressure on your filter.
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Has anyone suggested adding DE to the sand?

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    Re: Aqua milk

    Quote Originally Posted by crich84 View Post
    Don't know what "splashless" bleach is. Been using liquid chlorine. Foaming has disappeared since this am. Seems to do it in the morning then clear. FC was at 23 this am. Slight drop at noon (.5). Thanks for all the feedback! I want to believe I am making progress but just doesn't look like it right now....being patient.

    Question: Shouldn't my filter pressure be rising with all the work it is doing? I rarely backwash it. The sand is less than a year old. Is it possible that my filter is channeling?
    Kim, I dont think anyone has mentioned adding DE....

    If you think it may be channeled you could do a deep clean on your sand filter.. it has me perplexed on why it would be foaming, your numbers dont look to high, your PH is a little high and your TA is up there.. with muriatic acid you can take both down...

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    Re: Aqua milk

    Can you list anything you might have put in the pool the week or two prior to the start of your SLAM? If I recall, a few years ago, that foaming is similar to what I got when I added algaecide.
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Before I found you guys the pool store told me to shock with two packages of powdered "shock". Wish I still had the packaging. Not sure what was in it. That was at least a week ago.
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    Re: Aqua milk

    Here is a link to adding DE to your sand filter

    Pool School - Add DE to a Sand Filter

    Make sure you can be there to baby sit it just in case your filter does not like how much you put in.

    BUT I would do a deep clean of your filter to start with:

    Deep Cleaning a Sand Filter

    Good luck!
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