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Understanding Why Pool Water is Cloudy

There are few things as frustrating to pool owners as cloudy pool water. Unfortunately your pool's water may become cloudy for a variety of reasons. Before you can fix the problem, you need to understand why your pool water became cloudy in the first place. It's the only way to know which cloudy pool water remedy to use.

Any of the following problems may lead to cloudy water and in some cases, more than one problem may be responsible.

Problems with Pool Water pH

Problems with your pool waters pH?Most pool water contains tiny solids that dissove into and bond with the water.  However, if the pH of your water climbs too high the solids will begin precipitating out of the solution.  This means that solids will begin to accumulate in the pool.  The best way to change this is by adding pool acid to lower the water's pH.  This, combined with proper circulation will often alleviate the problem.  Try to maintain your pool's pH between 7.4 and 7.8.  Make sure to replace your test kit reagents regularly in order to get accurate results.  Do you need testing strips?  Click HERE ...

Pool Water Filtration

In fact, things like the wind, rain, trees and swimmers continually add debris to your swimming pool.  Your filter tries to remove most of this material but problems with any part of the filtration system can prevent this from happening properly.  Unfortunately, the result is cloudy, debris-filled water.  Backwashing your filter or replacing the cartridge that's appropriate for your pool system are the only ways you can address these problems on your own.  If poor filtration becomes a chronic problem, your only option is to replace or upgrade the filtration system.

Cloudy pool water could mean pathogens, stay out of it.Always keep in mind that cloudy water may expose swimmers to a variety of pathogens.  So you MUST prohibit swimming and wading in your pool until you've corrected the problem.

Poor Water Circulation

No matter how well your filter operates, it cannot keep the water clean without proper circulation.  Circulation is what begins the impurities to the filter for removal. Proper circulation also ensures that your pool does not become stagnant and the chemistry of the pool remains uniform.  You need to inspect all pool parts of your water circulation system to ensure adequate water movement.  Be sure that your filter is clean and nothing is blocking any of the pool's intakes or outflows.  Ensure that the jets and intakes are aimed so that they create a circular water pattern, and be sure that all depths of the pool are circulating; not just the surface layers. 

Excess SedimentPool vacuums help with excess sediment at the bottom of your pool.

The filtration system cannot handle all the debris that falls into your water.  Some of it falls to the bottom and becomes sediment.  Sediment will sit at the bottom of your pool forever unless you remove it by vacuuming the pool.  Thorough, regular cleanings are the only way to remove the bulk of sediment.  Automatic pool cleaners can help keep the overall sediment level relatively low, but you should still vacuum your pool once per week to avoid problems.

Enzymes Do The Heavy WorkEnzymes do the heavy work of cleaning your pool water.

A HUGE benefit to using Waters Choice Pure Enzymes for Pools is that you no longer need to shock your pool water.  Waters Choice enzymes will also keep your tile line scum free, allow you to backwash without worrying about killing your landscaping and enjoy your pool without the chemical odor.  

Do NOT use a clarifier if your pool water is cloudy.  You must figure out what is causing the water to become cloudy.

Here are a few additional blog posts for you to check out:

Tips For Beautiful, Healthy, and Clear Pool Water

Trendy Stock Tank Pools

Busting Myths About Pool Salt Generators and Sanitation

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