Cloudy Water - Swimming Pool Blues

by Pool Builders on 05-26-2009 in Articles

Cloudy water is a common problem face by many pool owners. It can be a frustrating experience to try and figure out what the cause is! Unfortunately, there isn't just one definitive cause for cloudy water in swimming pools, but below are a few common reasons why you might be finding cloudy water.

-Poor Pool Circulation
-Ineffective Filter (Might be too small)
-Algae Starting Grow
-Unfilterable Wastes Brought In By Bathers (Make up, lotion, etc.)
-Pool Water Is Too Warm (This causes ineffective sanitization)
-Chlorine Issues
-High Calcium Concentration

The list actually is quite extensive, and this only tackles a small portion. The fix depends on what is causing the problem.

Generally, what I would start with is making sure that my pH levels are balanced. Testing the pool water every day, you want to make sure that the pH is around 7.2-7.6. Chlorine is most effective in this range.

If you've been able to maintain this balance consistently and there is still cloudy water, it's time to look at the pool pump and pool filter. How big is your swimming pool and how big is its filter? The filter may be too small and in this case, you need to replace it with a larger one.

What is the horse power on your pool pump? If it's too great, then pool circulation can actually be negatively affected.

Testing all things mechanical is a must. Make sure all components of your pool are working properly.

Sadly, swimming pool maintenance is generally more trouble than it needs to be because of poor advice given by pool experts that try and get you to purchase chemicals and services. Luckily, today we have a better option to maintain our own swimming pools.

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