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    Doh! What happened to my water?

    We bought this house about a month ago, haven't switched to BBB yet, just using 3" pucks (two in each skimmer and they last 5-7 days approx.). Water has been crystal clear.. until today. Water is extremely cloudy which I am guessing is high CYA. Only recent change is I tool the four filter cartridges out and cleaned them with a hose late last week. What that cause this? Any idea how to remedy other than partial drain?

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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    Welcome!

    I'll wager you have high CYA (stabilzer) levels and low Chlorine levels. If you don't get some bleach in there fast, you'll be posting pictures that show a pool this color

    Do you have any method of testing the pool?

    Have you visited

    At this point, we can't even guess what to tell you - we have no idea what the readings are nor even how big the pool is. But it almost certainly involves lots of bleach.
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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    Test kit on the way.. I was using strips so chlorine levels shouldn't be too low.. forgot to mention that I forgot to put the top piece back on over the filter cartdridges. it's back on there now.. but could that be the culprit? Maybe it has nothing to do with the filter.. I just can't believe the water would turn cloudy so quick!
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    485 posts and no test kit?
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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    Quote Originally Posted by harleysilo
    485 posts and no test kit?
    Better late than never!!

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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    Quote Originally Posted by jjdurrant
    Test kit on the way.. I was using strips so chlorine levels shouldn't be too low.. forgot to mention that I forgot to put the top piece back on over the filter cartdridges. it's back on there now.. but could that be the culprit? Maybe it has nothing to do with the filter.. I just can't believe the water would turn cloudy so quick!
    That could certainly be a significant factor. If you are killing algae but not filtering it out, the water would turn a teal or blue/green color.

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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    Quote Originally Posted by harleysilo
    485 posts and no test kit?
    I had a pool a while ago at a different house.. but that was a couple years ago
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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    I am making progress. I have recycled about a third of the water and am continuing to use powered shock. Water is clearing up and test strips show 10+ ppm each time. Wish I knew he actual number though!
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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    You have enough posts here to not take this wrong, continuing to use dry chlorine products with a pool that looks like that is sort of like a person that suspects they have diabetes saying I will just finish eating this truck load of candy I have squirrelled away before I go to the doctor and have a check up.
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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    What's wrong with the dry chlorine as long as it's not long term?
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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    Quote Originally Posted by jjdurrant
    What's wrong with the dry chlorine as long as it's not long term?

    What may be wrong is that you already have too much CYA in the pool and adding powdered shock will add more by putting it in.
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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    That's why I am recycling water as well
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    I don't understand...recycling what water?
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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    partial drain, fill, to lower CYA
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    Re: Doh! What happened to my water?

    Quote Originally Posted by jjdurrant
    partial drain, fill, to lower CYA

    Ok..........
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