How To Clean a Cloudy Pool?

It’s a fun way to live if you’ve got a pool in your home. But how do you make your pool stay clean?

A cloudy swimming pool is unappealing and soon becomes a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. Muddy water is common, but you need to act before it becomes too dirty to clean.

Cloudy pool water

What Caused My Pool to Become Cloudy?

A swimming pool takes some time to become murky and unclear. It may occur due to water problems which can turn your entire pool cloudy overnight.  Below are three reasons that may cause it:

Pool Filtration

One of the main causes of cloudy water is poor filtration. A pool filter clears excess dirt and debris from the water. When the filter itself becomes dirty or clogged, it can lead to a murky pool. Moreover, a damaged filter that cannot remove tiny particles from the water can make your pool cloudy soon.

Decreased Sanitizer Levels

When you have low levels of chlorine, bromine, or any other sanitizer in your water, it can grow bacteria. Low sanitizer levels happen when natural debris accumulate, sun radiation destroys chlorine, high rainfall, and the number of people in the pool.

Wrong Water Chemistry

Maintaining the balance or chemistry of your pool water is very important. Chemical levels of alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness must fall within their respective ideal range. Not only do the high levels of these chemicals form on the surface of your pool, but they also decrease the effectiveness of sanitizers.

How Can I Fix My Cloudy Pool?

Now that you know the possible reasons why one can get an unclear and dirty pool, here are six ways to fix it:

1. Check The Chlorine Level

You must add chlorine to the water so that the pool becomes fit for swimming. Chlorine wards off bacteria or organisms present in the pool and eliminate the chances of infection.

Chorine levels should stay between 1 to 3 ppm, not too high or low. Since rainfall, sunlight, and even swimming can deplete the chlorine levels in the water, you need to check the chlorine levels every day. The best way to check the chemical levels in your water is to buy a pool testing kit.

2. Check The pH, Alkalinity Levels, And Calcium Hardness

pH on pool water affects how other chemicals to function, especially chlorine. High pH results in chlorine being ineffective and making the water look dull. The correct level of pH in a pool should be between 7.4 and 7.8.

The total alkalinity of your pool should fall within the range of 80 ppm and 120 ppm. Calcium hardness makes sure your water remains soft instead of hard. The level should be between 175 and 225 ppm or 200 ppm to 275 ppm for concrete or plaster pools.

3. Shock Your Pool

Pool shocking regulates the pool’s chlorine concentration. In this process, the extra dose of chlorine or non-chlorine shocks helps eliminate the cloudiness of the pool caused by natural containment, algae, and bacteria.

4. Filter Pool Water Regularly

To clean a cloudy pool properly, keep your pool pumps and filter running until the water becomes transparent. The filter will work on filtering even the tiniest of the debris or particles in your swimming pool.

5. Remove Algae

Algae slowly grow in the pool and cause cloudiness. One way to remove algae is to use an algaecide in the pool when the algae show up. You can also use the best pool covers available to remove algae and prevent other dirt particles from entering the water.

6. Pool Maintenance

Your water will be safe, healthy, and clear if you keep up with your swimming pool maintenance consistently. Here are some ways to maintain it:

  • Regularly check the chemical levels of the water
  • Invest in a robotic pool cleaner that quickly cleans your entire pool automatically.
  • Shock the pool weekly
  • Keep basic pool maintenance equipment such as skimmer nets and pool brushes.
  • Thoroughly clean the sides of the pool floor with the pressure-side pool cleaner.

Cleaning your cloudy pool is now easy as there are many methods available. Whether you have an above-ground pool or residential, prevent the water from getting murky by frequently testing and cleaning your pool.

My name is Ron Walsh. I’m an industry expert, certified pool technician, and avid lover of all things aquatic. In my beautiful homeland of Florida, where I still reside today, pools are everywhere. Needless to say, I learned to love water at a young age. With my love of water, and pools in particular, it was only natural that I follow a career path in the swimming pool industry. If there’s someone to learn about above ground pools, pool cleaners and maintenance from, it would definitely be me. If you have any question just let me know.

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