We have had our pool for about a year with no issues, until last week. About 4 days ago, our water was cloudy. With the help of this site, we finally have clear water again!
The problem: (Sounds stupid now, but...) our builder never mentioned the fact that we have to re-add DE after backwashing. On top of that, we let the pool run out of chlorine. So, we have gotten to where we are now after completely washing out the filter, re-adding DE as required, shocking, backwashing, re-adding DE, and repeating as necessary.
I have ordered a TF100 kit, but it won't be here for a few days. Instead of waiting, we picked up another kit at a store, but I'm afraid it doesn't give me an accurate reading for chlorine.
With that fact noted, here's where we stand:
FC - ~ 2.0
TC - 5+ (our test only goes up to 5, and we are beyond that)
CC - 3+
pH - 7.2 (had to bring this up a few times over the last few days, and I'm about to do it again)
TA - 250
CH - 280 (Hey, we got one right!)
CYA - Non-existent (I know this needs to be up - I'll get started on that as well.)
Just some questions to help maintain what's left of my sanity:
- Based on the CC being over 0.5, I've read that I should continue shocking. Is that true, even though my water is now clear?
- I've also read that TA does not need to be brought down unless I have a reason to, and I don't think I have a reason to... Agree/disagree?
- Does the lack of CYA affect any of the other levels?
- How soon can the kids get back in?
Thanks to everyone who shares their experiences on this site!