CLOUDY POOL, I Have Tried Everything

by Craig

Our pool looked great the day we took the cover off. This is actually the first time we've had an unsolved problem! After we open our pool we drop in POOL RX mineral basket in our filter system. Our water stayed clear and we use less chorine.


This yr. our pool pump broke just as we were ready to begin our routine. The weather was warm and the water turned dark green. We have done all the things you mention.

Our water is testing perfect so why do we STILL have cloudy water? It's blue and cloudy. The last products we used were from Lite House. It's called FIRST AID, alkalinity , calcium just as they recommended. We have groomed the bottom of the pool liner everyday plus rant he robot. Our water seems to come back testing fine.

If it's fine then why is it cloudy? Our filter system is fine. We are spending a lot of money and no results. I am taking in a water sample tomorrow and I will email the results to you for your input with theirs as well.

We are getting very frustrated. Thank you for your feed back!




Thanks for the question Craig

There could be many reasons why a pool goes cloudy. I'd also like to have the kind of filtration system you have and the kind of chlorine you're using.

I'll start with the Pool RX. This is a combination of copper sulphate and a chelating agent. What you're doing in effect is adding a metal based algaecide to the pool. This is something I never recommend. If you want to use an algaecide you can go with a PolyQuat 60 which contains no metals and is safe for vinyl liners.

Next is Pool First Aid. I believe this is from Natural Chemistry and is a combination of enzymes and a polymer clarifier. Basically you put it in the pool and it acts like a flocc. It settles to the bottom and you vacuum it up. This is another product I'd stay clear of. It's a Band-Aid doesn't address why the pool is cloudy

I'd encourage you to get a good test kit. The one I use is the Taylor K-2006 kit. You can learn about it from the videos I've made on YouTube starting here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZwZEGCMaZg

There are alot of people who are more than willing to sell you hundreds of $$ worth of products. Here's a pool I cleared up in February in about 6 days for $33. I've only shocked it once in 4 months and we just swam on July 1. I posted the readings in the description box on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKtk6gGSELw&list=UUAw1paBUtPGchO9CMB088pg

Remember that the pool store employees you talk to are just that - guys at the pool store. Most of the time they're not real pool guys and have never cleared up a pool in their lives.

Get me the chem numbers, filter and chlorine type and we'll go from there.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone consultations for a donation of your choice. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias.

Pool Consultation

Hope this helps and have a great Summer.

Robert

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Very Cloudy Pool
by: Sean

I have an ingrund pool that i can't get rid of the cloudyness. The water seems clean but cloudy. PH, chlorine, alkalinity, are all very high. Stabilizer is very low. Any suggestions?




Thanks for the question. It's more difficult to determine the course of action to take with readings of "high" and "low". I would like a complete list with the actual chemical numbers but this is the best with the limited info. I have.

First is to filter 24/7 and be sure the filter is working well. Next is to get CYA in the pool. Use 1 lb. per 10k gallons to increase the CYA 10ppm. Pour directly into the skimmer. Once it's 30ppm stop using CYA.

Next is to decrease the pH and TA. Use 15 oz. of acid to decrease the pH 0.2 and TA 10ppm. Their respective ranges are 7.2 - 7.8 and 80 - 100ppm.

Next is to shock the pool with liquid chlorine. Use 1 gallon to increase the FC 10ppm per 10k gallons. Hopefully you've read my Cloudy Pool page and have seen there could be dozens of reasons why a pool can go cloudy. This particular route is the chemical side.

Robert

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Cloudy And Algae In Pool
by: Anonymous

We have a 18 x 48 Easy Set pool. We used it last year and had no problems except with bugs on top of water. This year we bought a skimmer to try and elimanate the bugs and it was doing fine.

About a week ago we noticed that the skimmer had a black sticky film on it. We kept cleaning it. The water started getting cloudy and algae started growing so we took the skimmer out of the pool and have not put it back. But, we can't get the water to get clear and we also can't get rid of the algae.

We have shocked with 50% and it is not working. Can someone help us please.

THANK YOU!




Thanks for the question

I would need to know the kind of filtration system you have and a full chemical reading before I can really go any further:

Chlorine

CYA (stabilizer)

pH

Alkalinity

Calcium Hardness

Pool water

And the kind of test kit you are using.

I'm not too sure what is meant by "shocked with 50%". Does this mean you used a Dichlor chlorine shock that contains 56% active chlorine? Unstabilized chlorine granules?

A black sticky line could be a couple of things. Oils, lotions, and sunscreens are not good for a pool. It will leave a scum line and clog up the filters.

To get rid of this you can use a mild abrasive suck as baking soda or use AquaPill 7. This is used for degreasing filters but can be used for a scum line in the skimmer. If you have a vinyl liner it might be something called "pool goo" or "pool tar".

This is when the wrong algaecide is used, mainly ones that contain copper.

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