Out Of Balance Water Issues

by Bonnie

Out Of Balance Water Issues

by Bonnie
(Boycevillie, WI )

I lack patience so before you got back to me I was on internet and chlorine, chlorine it said. So I put 5 gallons in. Yes, I did this, now my reading are as follows:

pH- still 8.4
free chlorine - 10 because that's as far as it goes

If I need to drain water I have well water.
I will now wait for your reply and you said I was close to having it balance. I could just cry. But it is what it is.

Thank you for getting back to me!

Thanks again. Bonnie

Before this post, you last readings were these:

pH 8.4 the same
freechlorine 3
alkaklinity now 180
stablizer now 30-50

Haven't added floc.

Pool Water Cloudy & Green & Turned Water Milky White

Now I have the stabilizer (CYA) at 100. What kind of chlorine did you use? Your CYA can't jump from 30 to 100ppm without using a stabilized form of chlorine or a massive amount of chlorine tabs.

As it said the last post, don't put in any more sodium bicarb (pH Up or Alkalinity Up). Add about 1/2 qt. of acid and keep filtering. The proper chemical reading are:

Chlorine 1.5 - 3.5ppm

CYA 30 - 50ppm

pH 7.6 - 7.8

Alkalinity 80 -100

Calcium Hardness 150 - 250

This is why I said that for your 2nd readings you were very close. But lets go from here.

You shocked the pool which is good. Hopefully you added a little pool
acid. Retest the chlorine, pH, and alkalinity in the morning.

Keep me posted.


Pool Clarity

by Randy

I own a chlorine inground pool. I tried using a product called Blue Bayou to give my pool a bluer tint.

After 1 1/2 days I now have an orange tint.
What caused this and how can I correct this problem?

Hi Randy. First, I'd like to have your complete chemical readings:

Chlorine, CYA (cyanuric acid/stabilizer), pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Metals (iron and copper). It makes troubleshooting much easier and the process of clearing up your pool will go much faster.

You can get this done at your local pool store. Without these numbers I'm just guessing at what the problem is. I'd encourage you to get a Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 pool test kit.

Pool Water Testing

The only kind of Blue Buyou that I'm familiar with is Du Cor Blue Buyou. This is for private ponds and lakes, aquariums, or other kinds of ornamental bodies of water. It's not meant for chlorinated swimming pools. The chlorine's bleaching agents can have a negative effect when mixed with the product. Is this the product you used?

I don't have information or access to the MSDS for this particular product. You might be able to reach them here:


Without knowing the chemicals in the product it's hard to say what and how the chlorine played an effect on the pool water.

Get back to me with the chemical numbers if the above Du Cor link can't help.

Hope to hear from you soon.


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