CLOUDY BLUE WATER!!

Causes and cures for cloudy swimming pool water.
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Postby Atlanta Club Pools » Thu 17 Jun, 2010 15:09

It is likely that you need to replace your filter media. It sounds like the filters are not able to clean the water.


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Postby Easyeddie12 » Sat 03 Jul, 2010 15:00

Where do you post a problem for help?????

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MaryLou45

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Postby MaryLou45 » Fri 03 Jun, 2011 04:12

Floc is an AMAZING PRODUCT!
You must not being doing something right!
When you vacuum after waiting the 24-48 hrs, you MUST vacuum to waste. If you do not use this setting then you will be fighting a loosing battle.
Refer to your pump manual on how to use
This setting. You must also make sure when using this setting that you add water since you will loosing slot during the waste vaccum,,,
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Postby binary221 » Fri 03 Jun, 2011 09:28

after all you have done I think the short and simple way as i do myself is to save time and money and grab a sample of your pool water and go to your local pool dealer and have the water tested most will do it free of charge or for a very minimal price cheaper than playing trial and error with those over priced pool chemicals. you will get a printout of your pools levels and they will tell you exactally what you need to fix the problem and how much to use. I thank God every summer for the pool experts at olivers pools in suffolk, Virginia.
I hope this helps. :D
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Postby temptingstory » Mon 13 Jun, 2011 09:41

I'm having the same issues and still trying to clear it up. Floc does NOT work and do not keep backwashing. And if you do vacuum, be sure to vacuum to waste. My water is the same way and I'm working with my pool store to clear it up. They told me I'm vacuuming and backwashing too much....it's hard on your filter. I'll let you know if mine clears up soon. But do not use that FLOC stuff, it's not good and hard on your pump and filter.
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Postby pizzalisa » Thu 16 Jun, 2011 06:41

Did you get your issue resolved ?
I am with you about not wanting to add more clarifier.
I only ever use liquid chlorine and have pucks in my skimmer.
My pool was a dark swampy green upon opening, like always I added 2 jugs of chlorine, and 2 pucks, and the water turned blue but cloudy. I listened to the pool supply people and added clarifier- it is still cloudy.
Do I leave my pump on continually ? Do I shut it off to let the stuff settle for vacuuming ? Do I use my sock in the skimmer to catch the particles or should I let them go to the sand filter and not put the sock in ?
HELP !!!
I also do not want to add more clarifier as suggested, I share your feelings !
Please help !
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Postby Guest » Thu 16 Jun, 2011 22:21

I have used flock several times, and sometimes you need to just relax and let it work, follow the initial directions and if necessary repeat. if it still doesn't work, check with your local pool specialist!
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Postby pace_stang » Fri 17 Jun, 2011 16:31

I'm in the same boat as the rest, water tests good, cloudy, etc... The pool place says it's dead algae and needs to be removed, got the sock (today) and supposed to vacuum, etc etc...

Anyone with any suggestions? I've been at this for 10 days now, shocked, chlorine, stabilizer, and clarifier since then... Live in Florida so not sure on the water.

Thanks in advance.
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Postby chem geek » Sat 18 Jun, 2011 01:23

Sounds like your filtration system isn't very good. If it's a sand filter you could consider Adding DE to a Sand Filter to improve filtration. It's also possible your CYA is very high so the chlorine isn't able to oxidize the organics fast enough. You should get a good test kit if you don't have one already -- either the Taylor K-2006 or the TFTestkits TF-100. Read the other articles in the Pool School such as how to Shock Your Pool.
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Postby frustratedinNC » Tue 21 Jun, 2011 20:53

Oh my gosh! This forum is my saving grace! I have been trying to fix my dad's pool for a week and I'm so aggravated it's not even funny!! I finally got the green algae/mustard algae killed and vacuumed. I got the pH and chlorine levels to where they need to be. And the water is still blue and cloudy!!! I want to add more clarifier, but I don't know if that's dangerous. I want to shock it more, but that's getting expensive as heck. I have read that bleach works.....Can anyone tell me about doing that???? I'm so desperate, but thankful that there are more people out there with this problem. I'm grateful for any help. (Please don't tell me to use FLOC...I've heard way too many horror stories...and not just from this forum.)
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Postby lilyfair » Sat 25 Jun, 2011 07:13

pace_stang wrote:I'm in the same boat as the rest, water tests good, cloudy, etc... The pool place says it's dead algae and needs to be removed, got the sock (today) and supposed to vacuum, etc etc...

Anyone with any suggestions? I've been at this for 10 days now, shocked, chlorine, stabilizer, and clarifier since then... Live in Florida so not sure on the water.

Thanks in advance.

i live in kentucky and im having the same problem just ready to close mine short of draining it. ive been to three different pool places 20 and 30 years experience all tell me the same thing i have flocked it shocked it clarified it changed my filter sand and all my readings say everythings fine but yet it dosent want to hold clorine for very long. they tell me to just super shock it i have nothing works, i take my water to them evey week for a read out i dont think any of them know what is wrong with the water they just keep selling you the products and you still have cloudy water my pool bottom is clean my sock in the skimmer basket is clean, AND THEY WANT TO CHARGE YOU MONEY FOR ASKING A QUESTION THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY TRIED.... good luck ive been trying to clear mine since april 5th and ive spent almost 1000 dollors in chemicals not worth it....
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Postby frustratedinNC » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 09:29

Hi everyone!!

I'm from page 12 and I finally have clear water in my dad's pool!! I'll tell you what all I did and maybe it will work for you. Honestly...you've probably done it all...but I'll share anyway because I'm happy I have a solution that worked for me:

Let me say that I have spent around $200 doing what everyone said and I think only one of the things actually worked. That's is putting the mustard green algae killer in the pool. Of course, the water was still cloudy. THEN I found other internet sites that gave me some ideas. Here goes:

After a week of the mustard algae stuff being in the pool and shock and etc....I turned off the Polaris and let the water sit. I kept the pump on. The next day the water was a little bit clearer, then the next day and then the next day...I could actually see through to the bottom of the deep end! EUREKA! I could see clumps of algae or something in the bottom so I decided to vacuum.
I "vacuumed", backwashed and rinsed...but when I went to turn the handle thingy back to "filter...the stuff just shot out again! ARGH! I was told that I needed to vacuum to waste. (After going back to the pool place for the umpteenth time). Got up the next morning to vacuum to waste to find out that THAT feature didn't work on my dad's pump! (crap!) So, I did one more thing: I put a filter sock on the skimmer baskets and let the water settle again. (Still no polaris running). I went on vacation and while I was gone, my dad turned on the polaris and put in more shock because of a rain one day, which got the algae stirred up...and PRESTO...clear water. The socks (actually women's knee highs) caught up all the algae as the pump sucked the water into the filter and by the skimmer baskets. I cam home from vacation, checked the baskets and couldn't believe how clogged the socks were with algae. Now we have clear water. I wish I had pictures of before and after to show you, but I don't.

I hope this helps some of you out.
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Postby frustratedinNC » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 09:33

OH Yes! I also forgot that I put at least 3-4 cholorine tablets into each skimmer basket....That was before I left on vacation and when I decided to turn and keep the Polaris off. THAT got the chlorine level up in the pool and, I think, may have helped clear the water, too. I'm keeping at least 3 in each from now on. Haven't even checked any levels since then (meaning Ph or other..).

Good luck!
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Postby chem geek » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 12:31

In the future, read Defeating Algae. Yes, skimmer socks can be very helpful as well, though usually that is to remove pollen on an ongoing basis, but it can be used for algae as well if one's filter isn't up to the task. As for killing algae, if the Cyanuric Acid (CYA) level is high in the pool, then chlorine won't be as effective so diluting the water to lower the CYA level is usually the best thing to do since long-term a high CYA will just cause problems again. Shocking with chlorine at an FC that is appropriate to the CYA level (see this chart) will kill algae though yellow/mustard algae requires higher shock levels of an FC that is around 60% of the CYA level.
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Postby leno » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 15:09

sand filters are the worst filter you can have and are the slowest to cleanup and algae filled pool. I suggest buying a small bag of DE and adding 1lb DE thru the skimmer to help out. Remember when the pool is green the only thing you should worry about is the chlorine staying at shock level and running the filter 24/7 backwashing when pressure rises until your pool is clear. after pool is clear and chlorine returns to normal level then adjust everything else.

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