A couple of weeks ago I attempted to rebalance my pH as it was registering below 6.8. I mixed about 2 lbs of soda ash with fresh water and immediately the pool turned blue and cloudy. Yikes!!! I have a chlorine generator (Chlorine Genie) which, up till now, has been heaven. To my surprise, I wasn't getting any chlorine reading whatsoever. I called the dealer who suggested that the line might be clogged and gave me a couple suggestions on how to free the line. I was able to get a good reading right from where the chlorine enters the pool. The water then appeared to have a scale floating on top. Suspecting algae, I put in an algaecide which gave the water an appearance as though something was suspended in it. We are now at day 5. Had the filter running about 12hrs a day. The next day after shocking the pool twice, dismantled and cleaned the filter, which was now encrusted in blue sand since I had been vacuuming up the substance that had settled in the pool. Had also been brushing the pool to get all the algae off all the surfaces. 4th of July the water is crystal clear after putting in 3 packets of oxidizer but still not getting any kind of readings for anything. Attempted to fix the pH again. Dissolved 1lb of soda ash in non-pool water. Waited a couple of hours to make sure there wasn't any powder remaining. Poured it into the pool and the water again turned blue and cloudy. Next day added 1gal of bleach. Took readings .5 on chlorine the next day nothing registers. By this time I got the TFP-100 kit so the test kit is fresh.
Please, I really need HELP. I realize its going to need lots of baking soda and/or borax and bleach but am not sure what I should attack first. I also realize I just may have to drain part of the water but would rather not if possible as we are under draught conditions here in Northern California.
Sorry this is so long but am at my wits end. Have had this pool for 25yrs and have NEVER had this problem. This is my 4th year with the Fiberglass surface and chlorinator. Thanks in advance for your assistance.