I have never been very vigilant with watching my pool chemistry. Usually I just throw a bag of shock in once a week, put chlorine tabs in my floating frog and run the pool 12-16 hours a day. I have always had a crystal clear pool. But now I have an extremely cloudy pool.
Here is my situation
10,000 gallon 20ft above ground pool with sand filter. It has been crystal clear until last week when we had really hot weather, so lots of swimming and then a few days of heavy storms. The pool started with some slight cloudiness and a little green on the bottom. I tested and my pH, TA and stabilizer were really low, pH 6.8 and TA 40 and stabilizer was practically 0. TC and FC level were at 4, but i was adding chlorine alot to the pool. I added stabilizer and got that up to 100 now and I noticed I dont need to add as much chlorine as before. I read that baking soda would raise the TA and also the pH as well. So I used poolcalculator.com and it recommended 5.5 lbs of sodium bicarbonate. I added 3lbs of baking soda to the pool 2 days ago. I did not premix it, just spread it around the pool. The pool turned milky cloudy color. I tested again and my current readings are:
For chlorine I use 1/lb bags of aqua chem shock plus but I have use other brands as well. I hope I didnt screw anything up with the baking soda. Also my sand filter sand has not been changed in 5 years or so. I am not sure if that may be the problem.
Please any advice will be helpful My kids are dying to swim again