Most pool owners have felt the frustration associated with having a cloudy pool. The problem is that there are many different reasons that the water could be cloudy, so you have to figure out the cause of the cloudiness before you can even begin to do anything about it. Here are some of the most common reasons for a cloudy pool:
- A filter that’s too small
- Waste that can’t be filtered out
- Growth of algae
- Too much calcium
- Problems with sanitizer
- Poor circulation
- Water that’s too warm
How to Fix Cloudy Pool Water Effectively
Obviously, if you’ve had the pool for a long time and the water level isn’t any higher than it normally is, you can cross the first one off your list because it’s highly unlikely that the filter suddenly became too small when it was working fine before. However if you notice that the pump’s horsepower seems to be failing, then you should get that checked to make sure that it’s doing its job. Also a pump with too high of horsepower can make the water appear cloudy.
The second one that’s on the list is often caused by swimmers, so if no one has been in your pool, it’s not as likely for that to be the issue. Makeup and sunscreen are two of the main culprits of waste that the filter can’t catch, which makes the water cloudy. I wouldn’t completely cross this one off your list, but it’s probably less likely than the other five things left on the list.
To narrow down the list further, you must check the chemical levels in the water. The pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.6. If it isn’t between those two numbers, then you will need to add the proper chemicals to balance it out. However, if the pH level is fine, then you should move on to other possible causes. The next thing to check is the growth of algae and bacteria. It may not be obvious in the beginning, but you may need to shock the water to get rid of the cloudiness.
You should always have the help of a qualified pool expert when purchasing supplies and equipment for your pool. All pool filters and pumps are designed for pools of a specific size, so follow their advice exactly when purchasing equipment. Bigger isn’t better in the world of pool equipment. It must be sized to fit.
If the equipment isn’t your issue, then take the time to speak with a professional to find out which chemicals will need to be added to clear up the cloudiness in your pool. This is one of the most difficult problems to solve, but it can be fixed or even avoided entirely with a little professional help. By hiring a pool service company to come in and handle your maintenance, you can greatly reduce your risk of having to deal with cloudy pool water at all.
For more help fixing your cloudy pool, call Emerald Pools and Spas. They have more than 15 years of experience in pool maintenance, construction, and remodeling. You can also check out their online pool supply store.
The owner has more than 16 years of experience. In addition to helping you create the perfect pool, Emerald can also help you build custom barbecue pits, outdoor fireplaces, and pool decking, as well as a number of other specialty items that are designed to complement your pool. Call Emerald Pools and Spas today to learn more.
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