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cloudy

Postby iscreem61 » Wed 20 Jun, 2007 09:47

opened pool 3 weeks ago was green brushed pool added shock, aleg. clearifier, ran filter 24/7 after shocking numerous times finally turned blue however cloudy kept shocking pool like the pool store said and kept fliter going 24/7 last nite they told me to raise my ph to 8.0 and floc it they told me add ph+ 2lbs wait 15 min the put filter to recirculate position add floc to pool keep it on recirc. for 4 to 6 hours then turn fliter off wait over nite and i should see white stuff on the bottom of pool did that done that dont see much white stuff its been eight hours since i shut filter off and pool still cloudy though i can see the botton of my steps what should i do?


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Re: cloudy

Postby Backglass » Wed 20 Jun, 2007 10:10

iscreem61 wrote:opened pool 3 weeks ago was green brushed pool added shock, aleg. clearifier, ran filter 24/7 after shocking numerous times finally turned blue however cloudy kept shocking pool like the pool store said and kept fliter going 24/7 last nite they told me to raise my ph to 8.0 and floc it they told me add ph+ 2lbs wait 15 min the put filter to recirculate position add floc to pool keep it on recirc. for 4 to 6 hours then turn fliter off wait over nite and i should see white stuff on the bottom of pool did that done that dont see much white stuff its been eight hours since i shut filter off and pool still cloudy though i can see the botton of my steps what should i do?


Relax! It can take 24-48 hours for floc to settle (pool store should have told you that). Give it time and don't turn on the pump
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Postby iscreem61 » Wed 20 Jun, 2007 11:51

Oh ok thanks I'm hoping this fixes the problem spent close to $300.00 on this between the chemicals and the pool guy to look at my filter. It's killing me.
Thanks,
Eileen
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Postby Backglass » Wed 20 Jun, 2007 12:55

I hear ya! The thing about floc is it takes time. I remember the first time I did it, i waited 24 hours, and nothing happened. I thought for sure I screwed up. Then the next morning when I woke up (32 or so hours), the pool was crystal clear and there were what looked like cotton balls covering the floor of the pool.

When your floc does kick in, you will need to vacuum to waste very slowly. You seriously have to GENTLY put the vacuum in and move slowly while sucking up all the fluff or it will disperse back into a cloudy mess. You will lose some water of course, but take your time. You will be glad you did afterwards.
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Postby Gherkin » Wed 20 Jun, 2007 18:58

My pool water has ben very cloudy all this year, but I think I know why.
I discovered that two mallards(ducks) were taking a swim in the pool at first light. Before they left, they each pooped in the pool.
No pool chemicals can cope with this amount of pollution. The only solution I can think of is to sit up all night with a loaded shotgun.
All you folks out there who are tearing your hair out about cloudy pool water should make quite sure that no birds or animals can defaecate in your pool during the night.
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Re: Cloudy Pool water

Postby Backglass » Wed 20 Jun, 2007 20:32

Gherkin wrote:The only solution I can think of is to sit up all night with a loaded shotgun.


Or a solar cover. Ducks wont swim in plastic. ;)
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Postby iscreem61 » Thu 21 Jun, 2007 07:44

Yay!! Thanks Backglass for the advice. I'm happy to say my water is clear the floc worked now I have to vaccum it real slow in waste position and hope I do it right as not to stir it up again . I am happy it worked. Thanks for your help.
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Postby Backglass » Thu 21 Jun, 2007 08:37

iscreem61 wrote:Yay!! Thanks Backglass for the advice. I'm happy to say my water is clear the floc worked now I have to vaccum it real slow in waste position and hope I do it right as not to stir it up again . I am happy it worked. Thanks for your help.
Eileen


Just go slow with EVERYTHING and take your time. Even putting the vac in the water! You will see what I mean when you start. ;)
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cloudy water

Postby Curt » Thu 21 Jun, 2007 12:43

Here is good commentary on cloudy water.
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Postby Buggsw » Thu 21 Jun, 2007 23:01

Curt, great link. I loved the story about the Pink Algae and the bag with copper and sterling silver.

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