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    cloudy water coming from jets

    Hi everyone,

    I am a new pool owner (new to the home, 7 year old pool)..I posted recently about balancing the water and you were all very helpful! Now, I have a question about our filter. Today, the pool jets started to pump out white, cloudy water and a cloudy film started to accumulate above the jets. Does anyone know why this is, or how to fix it? We have a Sta-Rite filter system (pictured below), and the psi is at around 10 right now -- I'm not sure if that is relevant or not.
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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    Is that a cartridge or a diatomaceous earth filter?

    If it's DE, you probably have a torn grid and that white stuff is the DE blowing out. You'll need to open it up and see.
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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Is that a cartridge or a diatomaceous earth filter?

    If it's DE, you probably have a torn grid and that white stuff is the DE blowing out. You'll need to open it up and see.

    It's a cartridge system...
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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    Here is a picture of what the water looked like with the filter running:

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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    Did you put any cal-hypo in your skimmer? Or DE perhaps?
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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    No.. in the past few days we switched from using a chlorine tablet feeder to pouring liquid chlorine directly into the pool. We haven't put anything else in the pool and that's the only change we have made. Should I turn the filter off? The whole pool is slowly being covered with a foamy film now.
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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    You probably purchased some designer bleach -- splashless, high efficiency, scented, something.

    The thickeners cause foam. It will go away when you use normal plain bleach.
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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    Any chance you've washed the cartridge recently and if so what did you use for a cleaner ??
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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    You probably purchased some designer bleach -- splashless, high efficiency, scented, something.

    The thickeners cause foam. It will go away when you use normal plain bleach.

    That's it then...I didn't realize some of the bleach I bought was high efficiency. I didn't clean the cartridge ever yet, so I think it must be the bleach. Is the extra suds harming my equipment or pool in any way? Will it fix itself if I just keep running the filter?

    Thanks for your help!
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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    I think it's just ruining the aesthetics of your pool.

    The splashless stuff foams up a lot, too, but nobody has reported liners dissolving. The high-efficiency stuff is new, so you get to be the guinea pig for us. Don't you feel honored?
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    Re: cloudy water coming from jets

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    I think it's just ruining the aesthetics of your pool.

    The splashless stuff foams up a lot, too, but nobody has reported liners dissolving. The high-efficiency stuff is new, so you get to be the guinea pig for us. Don't you feel honored?
    oh great! I hope this stuff dissolves soon...fingers crossed!
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