Water was perfect until I took pool store's advice!

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Water was perfect until I took pool store's advice!

Postby Brandy » Mon 04 Jul, 2016 01:12

Went to buy chlorine and took my monthly water sample. Was told everything looked great, but I had phosphates registering. Sold me a $25 bottle of phosphate remover. Added it to my crystal clear beautiful pool. It was a little cloudy the next day. Then 36 hours after I added phosphate remover I shocked the pool and within minutes it was so milky I couldn't see the bottom! It has been over 24 hours and it is still milky! I'm so frustrated. Any ideas on why this happened and what I should do, if anything, to resolve it?


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Re: Water was perfect until I took pool store's advice!

Postby chem geek » Thu 07 Jul, 2016 03:22

Did you shock with Cal-Hypo? If so, that can produce temporary cloudiness though it can last a while if you don't lower the pH and your water was already over-saturated with calcium carbonate.

If the cloudiness is from the phosphate remover, you may need to use a clarifier if your filter does not filter fine particles. If it's a sand filter you can Add DE to a Sand Filter for finer filtration.

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