Stabilized at the wrong time


New member
Jul 12, 2012
North Carolina
We just got our new inground pool. It is an 18x36 and we have a sand filter. The pool guy (who left for a 2 week vacation the day after finishing our pool) put all of the initial chemicals in the pool. He filled a bucket with stabilizer and told my husband to put the stabilizer in the next day. Well, the next day the pool was cloudy, but not knowing any better we went ahead and put the stabilizer in. We have taken water samples to the local pool store and they sd that all of our readings are good (they did not give me a printout with the numbers). What can we do to 'reverse' the stabilizer effect to have our water sparkly clear?


TFP Expert
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LifeTime Supporter
May 7, 2007
Silver Spring, MD
Welcome to TFP!

Reliable test results are the foundation of a well kept pool. Without knowing your numbers, it is difficult to guess at what might be happening.


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 19, 2010
Tucson, AZ
Agree with Richard.

1. Order a good test kit
2. Start reading Pool School while you wait for it
3. Post up a full set of test results.
4. Likely, start the shock PROCESS to clear up your pool.
5. Enjoy your new pool and the $ you save by no longer trusting pool stores and pool "guys"


LifeTime Supporter
Apr 30, 2011
Lynchburg VA
While you are waiting for your test kit to arrive, take a sample to the pool store to be tested but don't buy anything. Post the results here. It will give the people here a good starting point to get you going in the right direction.