How to Eliminate Cloudy Swimming Pool Water

by Pool Builders on 08-10-2009 in Articles

One of the most common maintenance issues for swimming pool owners is cloudy water. This can be caused by a variety of conditions, but is usually easy to correct. The possible causes and solutions for cloudy swimming pool water include:

  • Improper ph levels-One of the most important aspects of swimming pool maintenance is testing and maintaining proper water chemistry. The optimal ph level is between 7.2 and 7.6 ppm. When the levels are out of this range; the chlorine cannot work as effectively as it should in sanitizing the water. Taking the proper steps to correct the chemical balance is the first step you should take in eliminating cloudy water
  • Unfilterable Debris-Some particles of waste and debris are so small or fine that they cannot be trapped in the filtration process. Some common sources of this type of debris are: sun screens and oils, makeup products, and hair products. This can usually be eliminated by backwashing and adding fresh water. Once you are sure you've got the proper chemical balance, this is a logical next step.
  • Poor Filtration or Circulation-To maintain water clarity, it is essential that all components of the filtration system are working properly. Clogged or dirty filters and worn or defective pump and filter components can lead to poor circulation and cloudy water. It is important to regularly clean or backwash the filter and inspect the mechanical parts of the system to insure water clarity.
  • High Calcium Levels-This brings us back to proper water chemistry. Calcium hardness is important in protecting the surface of the pool, but high levels can lead to cloudy water. This can be corrected by taking steps to bring the water chemistry within the acceptable range and by adding a water clarifier.

As is the case with other aspects of swimming pool maintenance, the best way to avoid problems with cloudy water is keep up with the proper maintenance of the chemicals and equipment on a regular basis. A little work now can help prevent the need for a big job later.

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