Hi everyone, my name is George. I am new to the forum and excited to utilize everyone's knowledge and resources.
I feel like I'm really gaining a good grasp on what to do/when to do it and how to do it. I feel like I've been "pool stored" quite a few times and I'm tired of throwing away money.
I took a trip through the pool school and familiarized myself with the abc's of pool chemistry.
I'll try to be as thorough as possible but since this is my very first pool, I'm sure I will forget some things along the way.
First off, I have about a 22,000 gallon in-ground pool with a sand filter- made of plaster.
My recent water analysis came in as follows:
fc = .38
cc = 0
hardness = 316ppm
alkalinity = 73 ppm
cya = 30 ppm
My issue has to deal with the cloudiness...
I know my current level of chlorine is down. I will bring that up. Prior to that dropping- my levels were good- chlorine was up and water was clearing up to where I could see the bottom- I vacuumed the pool and it's cloudy again and chlorine levels are low again.
I know I need to buy a tester- I will purchase one of the two recommended to me through this forum. Until then I will continue to drive to the pool store for their readings.
I just can't seem to get the cloudiness away. I have debris on the bottom of the pool that I allowed to get in while removing the cover. I'll be more careful next time. The larger debris is getting caught in the filter basket and I have been cleaning that regularly. However, the smaller debris is getting pushed around, causing more cloudiness. After extended time of vacuuming it seems as if the debris isn't being filtered and just enters the pool again through returns. or it's just getting pushed around.. and I have to wait for it to re-settle only to vacuum it again - in turn making it cloudy.
I have in the meantime added floc, added clarifier - prior to becoming a member here. I know these are frowned upon within the group and I prefer not to pay for them anyway, if I can naturally have sparkling water with your help.
I have had the pump running all day and night for almost 4 full weeks now.
My clean pressure gauge at the time I first ran the pump was approx 12 psi. I replaced the sand in the filter and now my clean water reading is closer to 18 psi. I've backwashed multiple times. Without a reduction in pressure.
I have many tiny white particles on the surface of the water that doesn't seem to filter either..
At this point, what the heck do I do? Could I have ruined something while replacing the sand? Is my pressure ok? Is it normal that I have the white stuff but it won't filter?
I know I need to be patient but I'm starting to run out of it...