Our pump was out of commission for about 4 weeks. We got it replaced and everything is working well however we've been trying to get our pool balanced again. Our chlorine was non-existent (literally 0) and the pH was over 8 and then we got brown algae. We added some MA to get the pH down and its now around 7.2-7.4. We did a shock treatment to get chlorine levels up and kill the algae. I think all the algae is dead (haven't seen any come back yet) and we sucked it up through pool vac and then cleaned the filter. This afternoon I added a bottle of the My Salt Pool Cell protector (to try and reduce hardness). The chlorine level was at about 1 so I did another shock treatment (around 4pm today).
Now the issue is the water is cloudy (doesn't look like there is any algae). It was cloudy before adding the cell protector and doing the second shock treatment. The TCL & FCL levels are really high - at least 10 (but equal to each other) based on the test strips we have. Our hardness level is also really high (around 1,000). Not sure what we should do or what is causing the cloudiness. The balancing noted above, algae, shock treatments were done over the last 2 days.
My thought for Chlorine levels is that since 2nd shock was done around 4pm without much sun exposure, I will see the levels reduce after sun tomorrow - so will test again and see - good plan or should I do something else? Regarding the hardness, I need to add more salt to the pool (only at 2100 right now), would this also reduce hardness? If not, how do I reduce this? Regarding the cloudiness, how do I make the water clear again? Here are test results from this evening (about 4 hours after cell protector & 2nd shock treatment. Thanks!
Total Chlorine 10+
Free Chlorine 10+
Total Alkalinity 120
Stabilizer somewhere between 0-50 so likely around 25 or so
**SWG is not producing chlorine right now - not enough salt & water temp is too low - the chlorine feeder is empty but thinking I should put some chlorine tabs in it until water heats up.