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    Cloudy water in pump

    When I checked my filter basket today (after the pump had been off for about 15 minutes) the water in the pump was a cloudy grey. The water in the pool is totally clear and my testing indicates that FC is at normal levels (11.5, CC is 0.5 and CYA is 90). Both the filter basket and skimmer basket had a good amount of leaves in them so I cleaned them out and then turned the pump back on. Pressure was good and everything seemed fine. After letting the pump run for about 5 minutes I checked again and the cloudy water was gone. Is the cloudy water something that I should worry about or I am just being paranoid?
    25K Gal, IG gunite, Hayward 1HP pump, Hayward DE filter, Pentair Mastertemp 250, TF100 test kit

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    Re: Cloudy water in pump

    It's probably nothing and I wouldn't worry much about it. What is your CH, pH, and TA.......that could have something to do with it.
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    Re: Cloudy water in pump

    pH: 7.0
    TA: 200
    CH: 400
    25K Gal, IG gunite, Hayward 1HP pump, Hayward DE filter, Pentair Mastertemp 250, TF100 test kit

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    Re: Cloudy water in pump

    duraleigh asked the right questions your TA is to high and ph is a tad low .I suggest you check out these two links,

    pool-school/
    pool-school/lowering%20total%20alkalinity
    and if you have any more questions ask away.
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    Re: Cloudy water in pump

    I'm aware of the TA/pH issue and I'm working on it slowly due to several factors outside of my control. Could the TA and pH have caused the cloudy water in the pump and is it something to be concerned about?
    25K Gal, IG gunite, Hayward 1HP pump, Hayward DE filter, Pentair Mastertemp 250, TF100 test kit

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    Re: Cloudy water in pump

    My guess is you have some backflow through the filter carrying a little DE into the pump. Any air in the filter while it's running?
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    Re: Cloudy water in pump

    I don't see any air in the pump while it is running. As of now the water in the pump is clear. I'll check again after the pump shuts off for the day.
    25K Gal, IG gunite, Hayward 1HP pump, Hayward DE filter, Pentair Mastertemp 250, TF100 test kit

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