Well, the sun came out. And then the swimmers decided to use the pool.
Every time they play, the water gets cloudy. It's frustrating the **** out of me. I maintain min/target religiously, full time double 1000gph pumps, skimmer cleaned regularly, and I vacuum nearly every day. The only thing I can think of is the tiny particles of dirt that seem to re-settle after vacuuming.
Just for kicks, here's my test results:
TC - between 3 and 7+ daily. Today in the am it was 7.5, tonight I expect to see 3 or 4 as expected.
FC - See above
CC - 0 (although after adding pre-algaed tap water the other day I did see a trace of CC, which was gone at end of day)
PH - 7.7
CYA - 38'ish
Borates - 40-45 (ordered test strips from TFTestkits, not here yet. As such this # is an assumption)
I'll be adding some acid today to bring PH back down to 7.5 and alkalinity closer to 75 because H dumped in the rest of the 20/20 he found in the garage last night (to get rid of the nearly empty box). We'd added some borax earlier this weekend assuming we'd lost at least 25% since last year although the amount added to the pool wasn't nearly enough to replace 25% of the borates (due to lack of borax on hand). Kinda hard to convince H not to just dump stuff in, he already thinks I overthink this pool thing so I told him go ahead and fling the +/- 1c in if he must, I'll check ph in the am and adjust it with acid today. ph went from 7.5 to 7.7 with this addition, alkalinity was raised +/- 10ppm.
I like my pool without swimmers. I think they should be banned. It's perfect till somebody gets in it, and then it takes most of a day of no swimmers to clear up crystal again. It occurs with or without sunscreen, and I usually make them take a shower before getting in as well, feet are pre-sanitized and rinsed in a kiddie pool chlorinated with a trichlor puck and floater. I let the kids test the foot water for fun, it's always crazy orange high (OTO).
Now I may be a little picky, H says it looks great but I expect crystal clear water. While it's clear, it's not crystal and sparkling till no one swims for about 18 hours. As soon as they swim again, back to funky.
Is my issue tiny particles that are un-filterable with crummy Intex type filters, or something else? Maybe H was right about trying floc? Will that make the particles larger so the vacuum filter will catch them?
Or does everyone's pool look a little cloudy after a lot of use? Nah... someone would have noted this if so.