Problem With Pool After Adding HTH Liquid Clarifier

by Cliff

Thanks for the second ebook. I watched your clearing a cloudy pool video and hoped your ebook might help me. I didn't see a fix there but maybe you can answer this:

My pool (in Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Bestway 18' X 48" 22000 litre capacity vinyl above ground pool with an Intex SWG and a cartridge filter pump. I filled from a deep well through my household iron filter and softener (it took about a week).
All my chemistry via HTH test strips is now in the OK range according to HTH 6-way test strips: FAC=1;TCI=3;
Alkalinity began high(240) but is now at 120 after lots of Muriatic Acid and aeration; PH=7.8; TH=250+; CYA=30-50.

About a week ago, the pool was pretty clear but I was hoping to make it sparkle so I added HTH Liquid Clarifier. The water immediately went cloudy and still hasn't cleared. I have filtered non stop and swept the bottom but there is no residue on the bottom- it is all in suspension in the water. HTH help line said my chlorine was too high but this seems not to be so from the tests.

Can you help?

Hi Cliff. I'm glad you got the eBooks. Concerning your specific issue, the first thing I would ask is how many filter hours do you have on your pool? I will assume you close the pool during the Winter and have 3 months of swimming season. If you run the pump motor for 10 hours per day that 300 filter hours per month and 900 for 3 months. Cartridge filters only last about 2000 filter hours so if you're at that, or even close, I'd encourage you to get a new one for better filtration.

Next, are you spraying the filter out every 10 - 12 hours? Any particles will be caught in the filter and it needs to cleaned out.

I would also encourage you
to get the Taylor K-2006 outlined in the eBook. It's the best and will give you the most accurate measurements. I have several detailed videos on YouTube on how to use it.

Clarifiers can be used at higher FC levels. I've used them when the FC was at 10 - 12ppm and they did fine. Sometimes overdose can happen. When it does there's not much you can do other that was has been mentioned. Your pool may be on the verge of an algae bloom. Cloudy water is one of the first signs. This is something you can do and it won't be much money. Get the pH down to 7.0 - 7.2 using acid. This will also decrease the TA a bit.

Wed morning - pour 1 gallon of unscented bleach 8.5% or liquid chlorine (nothing granular) around the perimeter of the pool, spray the filter out, and sweep well.

Wed night - do the same thing; clean the filter, bleach, then sweep.

Thurs morning - clean filter, 1/2 gallon bleach and sweep. What you're doing is maintaining a FC level at 12 - 13ppm to kill any algae spores/bacteria in the pool. If it is algae this will kill it. Constant filtering and clean the filter every 10 hours.

To clean the water you must have a clean and properly working filter. The clarifier will eventually work it's way out.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone and/or SKYPE consultations. 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. If you purchase a personal phone consult you'll get all 3 eBooks for free.

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