By Nicole Leinbach Reyhle
There are many great things about having a pool. However, for most pool owners, maintenance is not one of them. Among the more frustrating problems for pool owners is dealing with cloudy water and determining exactly how to clean it.
To accomplish clearing the cloudy water from your pool, it’s important to first understand what is causing it. Dull pool water will appear cloudy and is caused by improper chemical balances or debris suspended within the pool water. While the ugly appearance may seem like a huge issue to resolve, it actually can be quite easy when following the below, outlined steps.
The following steps will help determine how your cloudiness has been caused, as well as how to clear your pool water of the cloudiness:
- Review your chemical levels in the pool by testing the water for Combined Chloride, pH, Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness.
- Identify the levels of each chemical. The suggested levels are:
- Free Chlorine – 1 to 3ppm
- pH – 7.2 to 7.6
- Alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm
- Calcium Hardness – 200 to 350 ppm
- Alter the levels accordingly if they are not in the suggested range. Wait 12 to 24 hours before re-testing the levels.
- The culprits of the cloudy water are most likely pH and the Calcium Hardness. Pay close attention to these levels any time you test your water to avoid having cloudy pool water in the future.
- If the levels have been identified and are in range of the suggested levels outlined above, then the cause of your cloudy water is suspended debris in the pool water. You will need to backwash or clean your pool’s filter following your manufacturer’s guidelines. Make sure to follow the suggested filtering steps of your manufacturer to avoid additional problems.
- Once you complete step 5, you should run your pool’s filter system for at least 24 hours and no more than 48 hours. This will help aid the pool in clearing up the cloudy water for good – or at least until your next battle with unbalanced chemicals or excess debris.
- For extremely difficult water to cleanse of cloudiness, add a clarifying pool chemical to the water. Follow the instructions of the clarifier according to how much to add based on your pool size.
- Run your filter system for an additional 12 to 24 hours to process the clarifier.
- An additional dose of clarifier may be necessary if the conditions have not improved. Your filter system will need to be run again for another 12 to 24 hours.
- If all efforts made still result in a cloudy pool, an application of Floc will be necessary. This extremely powerful pool cleanser will settle the debris on the pool’s floor, enabling you to vacuum it. Although this can be time consuming, it is a sure proof solution.
Maintaining your pool is a responsibility that many pool owners pride themselves with, while others consider it a chore. The key to keeping your pool water enjoyable for your guests, however, is to maintain clear and healthy water. Avoiding cloudiness altogether or eliminating any cloudiness that does arise is an important step in achieving this. Fortunately, the solution to clearing a cloudy pool can be easy accomplished by following the steps outlined above.