3 weeks ago.. in ground pool in florida drained. tiles repaired and re-grouted, bond coat applied, next day pool refinished with new marcite. pool refilled.
day 1 about 3 weeks ago. pool remodeler refilled pool. sparkling clear water. no chemicals added
day 3 pool person (from remodeler) showed up (to "hot start" the pool) and put in 4 gallons muriatic acid and bag of shock. also brushed pool to help 'reveal' blue quartz flecks. pool still sparkling clear, looking bluer... nice. a little cloudy from the brushing but that clears up quickly.
day 4 pool person showed up and put in another 2 gallons muriatic acid; and 1 more bag of shock. brushed pool pool still sparkling clear and looking good, even bluer! Nice. Again a little cloudy from the brushing but clears up.
remodeler said not to be afraid to put in a gallon or 2 of muriatic acid if water gets cloudy.
week 2. pool cloudy. put in a gallon of muriatic acid and a bag of shock. pool clears up. (note filter has chlorine tabs in it)
middle of week 2. Deck refinisher pressure washes deck to prep for refinishing. gets all kinds of dirt in pool. pool dirty. Bad.
Day 2 of deck refinishing, apples first coat of refinishing material to deck. doesn't get any in pool, but vacuum still trying to clear up mess from day before.
Day 3 of deck refinishing. apples texture coat to deck. gets some in pool. pool vacuum still cleaning up mess, but getting better.
Day 4 of deck refinishing; applying finish coat of acrylic paint. gets a little in pool, but pool now very cloudy. (dirt from pressure washing is gone though)
end of week 2. pool cloudy. put in a gallon of muriatic acid and a bag of shock. pool clears up, but takes longer this time.
end of week 3. pool cloudy. put in a gallon of muriatic acid and a bag of shock. pool clears up.
as most of you can guess the ph is off the charts with all that acid but i don't know what else to do. the water comes back crystal clear when i put it in.
I have a guess that the high acid in the newly remodeled pool does something like help leach off the top layer/loose marcite of the pool so the quartz sparkles can show through and once that settles in we can stop all the acid and return to a normal ph.
note one time at the end of the first 2 weeks i put in about 2.t pounds of potash to help the ph. it helped, but did nothing to uncloud the water so we put in more acid and it cleared up.
Any advice on why all this acid is clearing it up? And how do I keep it clear and ph balanced at the same time? Thanks.