In 2 days we're having a pool party, and then 2 days later a graduation pool party. So, I have a bit of urgency in my questions...
Our pool is pretty cloudy right now (white). In essence, we cannot see the bottom of the deep end (8'). I took our water into our pool store today and all of the readings came out OK (except chlorine due to shocking it with 3 gal last night - more on that later). PH was 7.2, Alk was 130, Stabil was 90, Hardness was 375.
A small bit of history... in the past few weeks, we've been trying to bring up the ph, alk etc to what is considered an acceptable range. So, we were successful in doing that by using store bought chemicals from our store. (Note: I pretty much trust these guys as they don't always recommend chemicals. Many times, they tell me to wait it out 2-3 days and it will fix itself - and it does)
6 days ago, I ran out of new (2012) chlorine tabs and I added some old (2011) chlorine from last year (bought off internet). 2 days ago, I checked the chlorine level (stick) and it showed no chlorine. I followed up at our store and they confirmed this. Also, the pool started to look a little cloudy. 1 day ago I added 3 gal of shock and bought new chlorine tabs. Took out the old chlorine and added the new. And now we have the results above (and this is why the chlorine level was so high - shock).
I asked my store what to do about the cloudiness. They said:
1. Wait a few days and it should be OK
2. If you can't wait, try some Floc (their brand is Clean View Floc), let it work, then vacuum
3. Add Natural Clarifier in a few days as well
Any other ideas or thoughts for me? Short term is to clear the pool up within 24-36 hrs... Keeping in mind I'll have one ticked off spouse if our pool is too cloudy for our guests.