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    How do I get my water clear

    Hi there.
    Pool is 24' above ground pool. Have problem getting water clear. It's a real sharp blue. I can only see maybe a foot under surface.

    Here's the numbers

    Fc 1.5
    Cc 1
    To 2.5
    Ta 80
    Cya 20

    Thanks!
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    I don't see a pH number?

    How are you testing...which kit?

    Have you delved in to the pool school articles at the top? This is a good start- ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    Haven't been able to get back on here till now.
    Thanks for response.

    Test kits are tf100.

    Today's tests are:

    FC .5
    CC .5
    TA 80
    CYA 20
    PH 7.5

    I have those articles. I was hoping someone would see something I don't, saving me some money.

    Thanks again!
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    Welcome to TFP

    Yes we see something. Your choline is too low. To clear your water you need to SLAM your pool.

    Shock
    Level
    And
    Maintain

    You also probably want CYA a bit higher--30.

    Read this article. Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain
    And post any questions you have.
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    You've got the tools and the information. SLAM

    Add some CYA to get to 30. If you don't have a partial canister laying around, do you have any dichlor "shock" or trichlor pucks? A little over a pound of plain CYA or two pounds of dichlor or 4 trichlor pucks will add the CYA you need. The dichlor and trichlor will likely also push your pH down where you want it. The dichlor will dissolve fastest.

    Then hit it with bleach, targeting 12 FC. And keep testing every couple hours and keep bringing it back to 12 FC. Brush till your arms ache. And if you can beg a coffee can's worth of DE or cellulose from a neighbor, that will speed up the filtration of all the algae you've killed.
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    Latest reading

    FC 8
    CC 2
    PH 7.2
    TA 90

    My slam said FC 14 so I just put 2 jugs of bleach in along with 3 pucks to raise CYA

    I'll check next hour and see where I'm at.

    Any advice other than to keep slamming?

    Thanks!
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    Keep the pump running 24/7, brush the pool at least once a day to help get stuff up and out.

    OH and keep SLAMming (sorry had to LOL)

    Kim
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    Filter is always on ��
    Thanks!
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    Filter is always on ��
    Thanks!

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    Well new readings

    FC 17.5
    CC 0 to .5
    PH 7.2
    TA 110

    I can't test cya now correct?
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    It is the PH test that becomes invalid with elevated chlorine not CYA but.......CYA is not something that gets consumed by algae or sunlight as chlorine is. So....if you haven't added any stabilizer or stabilized chlorine product (like granulated "shock") then your CYA would be no different than your original test

    What else can you do? Brush a lot. Algae doesn't like that.h
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    Thanks!
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    Brush a lot. Algae doesn't like that.h
    There is an absolute TON of wisdom in those FEW words.....nice post!
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    Still at it.
    FC 13
    Cc bounces from .5 to 1
    Ph has been 7.2
    Cya 30

    Doing a bunch of brushing and vacuume
    Sometimes when I back flush the water barely comes out. Maybe half as much as should.
    So I set it to filter then back to backwash and filter. Works better then. What gives?

    Also when I turn multi port valve it seeks. Going bad or already is?

    Thanks folks!
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    Time to take your pump apart and look inside at the sand and laterals and look at the gasket under your valve. it might be time to replace the gasket.

    Kim (I think mine is about to need replacing also)
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    I'm thinking about going to a de filter
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    Re: How do I get my water clear

    That is up to you. Ranking filters it does like this:

    For clearest water:

    DE
    Cartridge
    sand

    For easy of care:

    Sand
    cartridge
    DE

    Did you know you can add DE to your sand filter to help polish the water?

    Pool School - Add DE to a Sand Filter

    It is up to you. I would do a search on cleaning a DE filter to make sure it is something you want to do.

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