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    Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    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:
    FC – 3
    TC – 3
    pH 7.4
    TA – 140
    Hardness – 150

    For chlorine I use 1/lb bags of aqua chem shock plus – but I have use other brands as well. I hope I didn’t 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

    Thanks

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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    1. Your CYA (stabilizer) over 100 is one of the problems. It should be around 50.

    2. As a result of #1, you do not have enough chlorine in your pool. Somewhere around 8 ppm at all the times will now be re4quired to keep your pool clear
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Hello and welcome. How are you getting those test results? Are they pool store numbers or test strips, or some other test kit?
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Ok so my stablizer is too high, so how do I lower that down, or do I just need more chlorine?


    They are test strips, but from what I am reading I think I need something better than that

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    Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Yes you need one of these Test Kits to accurately test your water. Your CYA maybe high but you can confirm more accurately with one of those test Kits. I use the TF-100. Best value.
    If your CYA is 100 you need to drain and replace some water. Only way to lower that level.
    Also take sometime to read these articles from pool school.
    ABC'S Of Pool Water Chemistry
    Recommended Levels
    How To Chlorinate Your Pool
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Ok thanks, I will get one of those right away. So are you thinking the cloudiness is caused by this high CYA, because it was getting a little cloudy last week, but when I tried to raise the pH it is when it went to super cloudy. What should my next steps be to get my pool back?

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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    What did you raise the PH with ?
    You made a big step in deciding to get one of the test kits. The next step is reading the links I provided you so you start to get an understanding of what your pool water needs.
    After your kit arrives post a full set of test results and we will get you started in he right direction. 😎
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    I used baking soda since my TA and pH was low, was that the wrong move?

    I'll post my results as soon as I get them.

    Thanks for all the help

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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Baking soda is ok to use when it's needed.
    Best advice right now till the kit comes, read !! 😎
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    What is your recommendation on the best kind of chlorine to use?

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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by nuce70 View Post
    What is your recommendation on the best kind of chlorine to use?
    Until you know all your levels, your best bet is plain bleach. It won;t mess with your pH, your CYA, or your CH levels at all.

    A better explanation is here: http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...nate-your-pool
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Ok, I finally got my test kit. Here are my numbers

    FC 9.5
    CC 0.5
    pH 7.6
    TA 100
    Hardness 150
    CYA 65

    The water is a little cloudy, but blue. Over the past few week the water has been good, but just not crystal clear like I want.

    Thanks for any help
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by nuce70 View Post
    Ok, I finally got my test kit. Here are my numbers

    FC 9.5
    CC 0.5
    pH 7.6
    TA 100
    Hardness 150
    CYA 65

    The water is a little cloudy, but blue. Over the past few week the water has been good, but just not crystal clear like I want.

    Thanks for any help
    Now you're talking

    Ideally, you'll run an overnight loss test to rule out organics and the need to SLAM the pool. If it fails, jugs away! If it passes, it's just a sand filter taking its sweet time. You might try a deep cleaning on the filter, if its been a few years, or try adding DE to your sand filter. For filtration, it's like setting a window screen on top of a barbeque grill. You'll catch a lot of small stuff. Anything you can do to improve circulation down deep, like aiming the return that way, will help get the floaters into the skimmer where it can get whisked away and filtered out.
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Ok, so my fc was 9.5 and ill.compare it to tomorrow AM, and im looking for a drop of 1ppm or more to fail? If not ill just keep running the filter. And i actually did change the sand in the filter a few weeks ago.

    How much de would you add to the filter?

    Thanks
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    You have the essence of the overnight loss test. They key is to test it before the sun hits the water, because UV rays destroy chlorine.

    For adding DE, it shouldn't take much. Just follow the instructions. If you don't see a 1 psi increase by the time you've added four cups, stop. You don't want to overload it.
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    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    I tested this morning at 7am, the sun was up but not directly on the pool.

    Fc 9.0
    Cc 0.5

    So looks like it passed. Ill try the de in.the filter.

    How do the rest of my numbers look?

    Thanks
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by nuce70 View Post
    I tested this morning at 7am, the sun was up but not directly on the pool.

    Fc 9.0
    Cc 0.5

    So looks like it passed. Ill try the de in.the filter.

    How do the rest of my numbers look?

    Thanks


    The CYA is pushing the envelope so you'll need to keep the FC up there. The pool store's "3 is ideal" doesn't apply to you anymore. Use the FC/CYA chart or plug in your variables at the bottom of poolmath and let it calculate your minimum.
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    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Ok, the fc/cya chart says between 5-8..should i drain some water to get my cya lower? Or am I ok?

    Also i assume i should stick with plain bleach so i don't mess with my other levels?

    How often should i be testing everything?

    Thanks
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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by nuce70 View Post
    Ok, the fc/cya chart says between 5-8..should i drain some water to get my cya lower? Or am I ok?

    Also i assume i should stick with plain bleach so i don't mess with my other levels?

    How often should i be testing everything?

    Thanks
    You may do that if you wish. Since it's likely you'll be draining some anyway to winterize your pool, you could just leave it as is and maintain the higher FC levels. You won't actually use more chlorine on a daily basis, it will just be maintained at a higher level.

    Yes, plain old bleach is best. Or pool chlorine. http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...nate-your-pool

    What you need to do daily is listed here: http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...-care-schedule

    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Please help with cloudy pool!!!!

    Awesome thanks

    Question about back washing, should I only backwash when my pressure rises 10psi from it's starting point? I've read before that backwashing too much can cause filter to not work as well, is that true?
    20' round AG, 9,500 gal
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