There’s more than one way to fix cloudy pool water. In fact, cloudy water can have multiple causes, too. So first we’ll look at 3 possible reasons your pool water sometimes gets cloudy and then 3 ways to get it cleared up! See that? It’s really as easy as 1-2-3!
The environment surrounding your pool can contribute to cloudy water. For instance, natural elements such as weather, trees, gardens, sun exposure, and birds can cause your pool’s water to become cloudy. Other man-made elements can also cause cloudy water, though. Think of people who spend time in your pool and nearby construction. Of course, pool algae can also be a major contributing factor. (We’ll discuss that issue further in a future post.)
To prevent unnecessary environmental contributions to cloudy pool water, make sure to keep the space immediately surrounding your pool as debris-free as possible. If you suspect that individuals who use your pool may be contributing to its cloudy water, consider requiring them to take a shower before entering the pool, in order to remove any extra oils or hair products.
If your pool’s filtration system isn’t working correctly — or you’re not running it a minimum of 8-10 hours each day — your filter may be the cause of your cloudy water. If your pool’s filter isn’t continuously cleaning your pool water, the result will be stagnant water that can easily become cloudy.
If you suspect that filter-related issues are to blame, make sure you’re cleaning out your pool’s filter each week and cleaning out the system’s pipes each month, to make sure it’s functioning at its peak. If you have trouble remembering to turn it on for a long enough period of time each day, put it on a simple timer!
As a pool owner, it’s important for you to have a basic understanding of pool chemicals. When they’re out of balance, many problems can result — including cloudy water. Issues vary and can range from high alkalinity, high chlorine, high pH, and high calcium hardness. In addition to checking chemicals on a weekly basis, you need to make sure water levels are consistent.
While occasionally shocking your pool water with a heavier-than-usual dose of chemicals may help allay some issues, it may also cause others: namely, cloudy pool water. As long as you keep your filter running, the issue should clear up over time. You may also want to consider trying a new brand of chemicals the next time you shock your pool. And make sure that whatever brand you purchase, you choose one with “calcium hypochlorite” listed as the main active ingredient. (Sorry, but going heap is not a good option, in this case.)
Now that you have a better idea of what may be causing your pool water to become cloudy (and how to hopefully prevent it from happening again), check out our next post, which will give you a few possible ways to clear up the issue.
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