I Still Have A Cloudy Pool After Opening

(Millington, TN)

We just used a opening starter kit to open the pool and it looks good other than it is cloudy.

All levels are normal but the free chlorine level is reading 0-low.

What do I need to do? Shock it again ?

It is a 25,000 gallon in ground pool.



Thanks for the question Gina

It's good that the other levels are normal, so now you need to get some chlorine in the pool, and keep it there.

Here are some good posts for you to look at:

No Total Or Free Chlorine And Pool Can't Hold Cyanuric Acid (CYA)

Having Difficulty With No Free Chorine..

Tri-Chlor Pool Tablets & Pool Shock

You need to shock with Dichlor. This is a fast acting chlorine with a stabilizer (cyanuric acid/CYA) in it.

Be careful when using Dichlor because your CYA can get out of hand quickly.

For every 10ppm of chlorine used with Dichlor, it raises the CYA 9ppm.

You may need to manually dose your pool daily with liquid chlorine until the level stabilizes.

Keep testing and filtering.

Shock in the evening and check the chlorine level in the morning.

The posts above have all of the information you need to get your chlorine level in line,

Here are the links to my chlorine and chlorine tablet pages:

Swimming Pool Chlorine

Pool Shock

Pool Chlorine

Chlorine Tablets

Pool Chlorine Tablets

Hope this helps and have a fun and safe swimming season.


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Installing Chemicals In The Proper Place

by Karen Gibson
(Crossville, TN)

I got the pool start up kit.

I have the info. on the levels of chemical. I don't know how to take apart the filter to put in the chlorine tablets.

And also the kit shows that I need soda ash, and I don't know how to do this either.

I would need to know what kind of filter you have and the make and model.

How big is your pool? Inground or above ground? How many gallons?

If you can avoid putting them in a chlorine tab feeder, do so. You can get a tab floater for about $10, put you chlorine tabs in that and toss it in the pool. It's ready to go.

I'm not a big fan of tab feeders because it's just one more thing that can go wrong.

I took care of a retirement home pool that had a tab feeder. It kept getting gunked up and was a pain to clean, not to mention the blast of chlorine smell when I took the top off.

Soda ash is used to raise the pH level. You can either buy sodium bicarb. (regualr baking soda) or 20 Mule Team Borax. It does the same thing and might cost a little less.

To raise the pH, you simply turn the pump motor on, make a slurry of pool water and bicarb. and broadcast it around the perimeter of the pool, starting in the deep end.

Swimming Pool pH Levels

Pool pH

That's how you add it and make an adjustment, but the question doesn't say the size of the pool so I don't know how much you need, nor is there a current pH reading.

I'd like to have all of your chemical readings as well:




Calcium Hardness

CYA (stabilizer)

Get a Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 pool test kit. It's the best on the market:

Pool Water Testing

Water Testing Kit

Everything you need to get your pool started and keep it perfect is on this site.

If you have any additional questions or would like to comment on your post, you can find it on the Q&A page in the "Start Up/Opening A Pool" category:

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

Hope to hear from you soon


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Opening Pool Problems

by Suzanne

We put a a leaf net on in fall but some of the other things from the trees went through the net and I am ready to open pool! The pool water of course is brown and stinky! I bought a sand filter last year so I want to make sure I do this right when opening up pool! Should I vacuum pool even though I cant see the bottom or do I shock it and use the filter constantly for 48 hours to see what will happen? I bought the green to blue stuff but I also bought the ultra shock bag in case! I tried to find online but not getting a good answer. Thank you for any information

Hi Suzanne. The Green To Blue is either calcium hypochlorite or Aluminium chloride. Ultra Shock is probably calcium hypochlorite. You may have simply doubled up and bought the same product but were told they were different because of the different names.

You need to try to take them back, try to get a store credit, and only use liquid chlorine. If you use cal hypo it will not only raise the pH but also increase the hardness of the pool. Liquid chlorine or bleach won't do that and is the perfect sanitizer for your pool.

Floccs and clarifiers don't work for clearing up a green/cloudy pool. They only cover up the problem. My F.T.A. Process for clearing up pools is the best in the world as evidenced by these before and after pics, along with video testimonies from customers that have used it. All of that information and more can be found in my eBook, How To Clear Up A Green Pool. It's the only method you'll need for clearing up and maintaining the perfect pool. It goes into details such as chlorine use, pH ranges, floccs, clarifiers, and more.

For those who require personal assistance I offer a 90 minute phone consult where all of your questions will be answered.

You can find the links right here:

Clear Blue Pool eBook
Clear Up A Green Pool eBook
Swimming Pool Consultation


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