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    excess of soda ash clouded up pool

    One of my homeowners, in an attempt to help me get the pool [60,000gal.] open for the season, added at least 10lbs! of soda ash, not dissolved, to the pool [cold water] to raise the ph just 2pts.....misread charts. Pool very cloudy, can't see drain in 3ft! Help!!
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    Re: excess of soda ash clouded up pool

    run the pump 24 hours a day and brush a couple times a day. that should dissolve it and it'll clear up.
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    Re: excess of soda ash clouded up pool

    The chances are good that simply running the pump will clear things up, as Bama Rambler suggested. However, it could also be calcium clouding, which won't always clear up on it's own. If you post a full set of water test results, I can suggest a solution for calcium clouding that doesn't go away.
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    Re: excess of soda ash clouded up pool

    Water test results: [Taylor test kit] TC: 5+ FC: 5+ pH: 7.5 TA: 90 CYA: 80 CA Hard. : 160

    Results from pool store done within 1hr of first test: TC: 5 FC: 5 pH: 7.6 TA: 69 CYA: 100
    CA Hard. : 194

    Pump always on. Brushed 2x...no effect. Turned on heater this AM.

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    Coates 45KW, 188 amp, 240 v heater
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    Re: excess of soda ash clouded up pool

    Even taking the worst case numbers from the two tests, your PH/TA/CH levels are not high enough for calcium clouding to be an issue.

    Has your water improved at all or is it still cloudy?
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    Re: excess of soda ash clouded up pool

    Cloudiness has not improved at all
    22K, in-ground, plaster
    Pentair,TR100 Sand Filter
    Coates 45KW, 188 amp, 240 v heater
    Sta-rite 1.5 hp pump
    Pentair Model 300 chlorinator

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    Re: excess of soda ash clouded up pool

    Clarity now improved to seeing 3ft bottom inlets. Added 6 10oz doses of Bio-gard's Natural Clarifier and have replaced about 10% of the water every day....but still can't see to 8ft bottom so the pool stays closed. Fortunately, the weather in Seattle is awful. The tested values are all still nominal so I don't want to add any chemicals without being reasonably sure that I won't be making things worse. Thanks to all.
    22K, in-ground, plaster
    Pentair,TR100 Sand Filter
    Coates 45KW, 188 amp, 240 v heater
    Sta-rite 1.5 hp pump
    Pentair Model 300 chlorinator

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