If you’re a swimming pool owner, you must have had cloudy pool water at least one time in the summers. But you shouldn’t worry much as most of the solutions are easy and simple. You just need to figure out what’s causing the cloudy water in your swimming pool.
Determining the cause of cloudy pool water.
There are three main causes for cloudy pool water, including poor filtration, chemical imbalances, or environmental factors, like nearby construction, trees, or wildlife.
The 3 main culprits of the cloudy pool water are:
- Chemical imbalances (too dilute or concentrated chlorine )
- Filtration problems
- Environmental factors (heavy rain, wildlife)
Fixing cloudy pool water due to chemical imbalance.
If a chemical imbalance is making your pool water cloudy, finding the fix is easy. Use a high-quality pool test kit to examine the chemical levels in pool water. A good kit will give you measures of all – chlorine and bromine levels, alkalinity, pH levels, cyanuric acid, and calcium hardness.
- Lower levels of bromine or chlorine can’t kill algae spores, which can cause algal bloom and turn the pool water cloudy. Add chlorine or bromine to raise the concentration that will balance the chemical requirements of your pool water.
- To bring down pH and alkalinity, add chemical additives formulated out of sodium bisulfate or muriatic acid. And adding baking soda (alkaline product) can help raise the pH and alkalinity.
- Adding pool flocculant can lower the calcium hardness.
Fixing cloudy pool water caused by poor filtration.
If the pool filtration system isn’t working and the chemical levels are balanced, the cloudy pool water is caused due to mechanical issues.
To avoid clogging it’s important to filter the pump and filtration system and frequently clear the skimmer basket. A clog in the skimmer line can minimize water flow through the filtration system and make the pump work harder. If this happens, instantly turn off the system. You can either get rid of clog yourself or get help from pool repair and maintenance experts in Magnolia, Texas.
Fixing cloudy pool water caused by the environment.
Traffic, construction near your house, or storms can bring a high amount of contaminants like dust, dirt, and debris into your swimming pool. Algae, trees, and wildlife can make the pool water cloudy by dumping feathers, sweat, hair, pollen, and other particles, making it harder for the filtration system to clean the water.
But don’t worry, these environmental issues are easy to fix. Add a pool clarifier and wait for the magic. This chemical agent bonds together pollen, dust, and other tiny particles which turns them into bigger debris, making it easier for filters to collect the contaminants.
However, you may not be able to clear the debris from wildlife or construction. If your pool gets contaminated frequently, contact pool cleaning professionals.
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