Help!!! Can't get rid of cloudiness!!

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Help!!! Can't get rid of cloudiness!!

Postby dang_pool » Mon 11 Jun, 2007 00:08

Here is the test info: pool is an above-ground 17,500 gallon

Saturation index - .14
Total dissolved solids - 1,000
free chlorine -0.0
total chlorine - 0.0
pH- 7.6
CYA - 30
alkalinity 150
calcium hardness - 180
temperature - extremely cold!!

All season, the pool has been a cloudy bluish-green color. Last week they said my phosphates were high (1,000), so gave me phosphate remover and clarifier, which I added. No difference and that has been 4 days ago. My filter (D.E.) needs cleaned several times a day and has green matter on it when I clean it. Until the phosphate issue last week, pool place has been telling me all season that everything tests perfectly. When the above reading was taken last week, I had put quite a bit of chlorine in it the day before, and, as you can see, there was none left the next day.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I have poured a lot of $$ into trying to figure out the problem (including a new $300 filter, which I now know was not the problem.)


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Postby Walter » Mon 11 Jun, 2007 07:56

Are you replenishing the DE everything you clean or back wash it?
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Postby dang_pool » Mon 11 Jun, 2007 08:10

What has been happening is the water flow back into the pool goes down very quickly, even if the pressure has only slightly increased. If I open the lid and clear the d.e. and dirt off of the air valve, water flow increases for a while. Eventually, that stops helping much and I go ahead and start over - cleaning the filter and reapplying fresh d.e. I have never kept the filter running long enough for the pressure to increase 10 lbs, because by the time it increases by 5 lbs, there is hardly any water going through the pump and being returned to the pool.

I have changed the d.e at least 10 times in the last 2 weeks.
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Postby Buggsw » Mon 11 Jun, 2007 22:00

Something is very wrong, then, with your filter.

What size is your filter and how much DE are you using to reload it?
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Postby dang_pool » Tue 12 Jun, 2007 08:21

It's a brand new filter and the same as I used last year and the year before with no problems at all. Not sure of the exact size, but I put in 5-6 lbs. of d.e., as it instructs on the lid of the filter housing. What could be wrong with it? Everything appears to be working ok, as far as the d.e sticking to the filter etc.
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Postby dang_pool » Thu 14 Jun, 2007 07:41

Buggsw-

Don't desert me now ...any ideas?

Swimmming in milk,

Erin
Bob

Cloudy

Postby Bob » Thu 14 Jun, 2007 09:23

Walter wrote:Are you replenishing the DE everything you clean or back wash it?


CHANGE YOUR SAND,,,this happend to me I spent hudreds of $$,,,in chems,,,then I changed my sand and had sparkling water overnight!
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Postby Buggsw » Fri 15 Jun, 2007 10:19

Erin, Sorry, I've been having sciatica problems and haven't been able to spend as much time on the forums. Can't bear to sit, very long.

Sounds like you may have a 60 DE. When you first charge a DE filter you need to use about 10 lbs of DE, then with regular backwashing you should use around 5 lbs.

If that doesn't work, then I would have a pool repair company look at your filter. You shouldn't have to do what you are doing with a DE filter. You may have some hairline crack or damage that is causing your problem.

Bob - Erin has a DE filter, not a sand filter.
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Re: Cloudy

Postby Backglass » Fri 15 Jun, 2007 10:29

Bob wrote:
Walter wrote:Are you replenishing the DE everything you clean or back wash it?


CHANGE YOUR SAND,,,this happend to me I spent hudreds of $$,,,in chems,,,then I changed my sand and had sparkling water overnight!


DE and SAND are two very different things...he has no sand in his filter.

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