I'm a new pool owner and opened a swamp earlier this year. I have the test kit and have been using it. I've been using bleach and trichlor tabs for chlorine, baking soda for alkalinity. A pool guy came out yesterday to look at my sand filter because I've been getting sand in the pool at the return jets. He told my fiance what to do to fix it. While he was here he told me my pool was cloudy. I thought it looked pretty good, but apparently it can look better especially in the deep end. You can definitely see the bottom, but it is a bit cloudy. He told me to raise my TA, so I did. Today it doesn't look any different.
CH 10 (is this a problem if its too low in a vinyl pool?)
TA 180 (after adding 30lbs of sodium bicarbonate last night)
My questions are these:
1. Are these numbers ok? Is the FC too high?, the CH too low?
2. Why is my water a little cloudy? Could it be the sand filter needs sand changed? I have no idea how old the sand is we bought the house at a short sale and don't know much about the property.
Thanks for your help.