The Art of Clearing Up Cloudy Pool Water

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So, it’s a warm and sunny day, and you think you are ready to dive into crystal blue water, then you notice unsightly cloudy water!

Not only does this cloudy water look awful, but it also poses numerous threats to our health. Why? Because the cloudy pool water is contaminated with harmful substances such as Legionella and E Coli. What’s more, cloud pool water can even damage the pool’s structure and impact its water circulation.

This article will look at a detailed step-by-step process to clear up the cloudy pool water. But, before that, what are the common causes of cloudy, dirty pool water:-

  • Depleted Pool Sanitizer
  • Clogged, Dirty Filters & Pool Pump
  • Pool Chemicals Are Not Balanced

Importance of a Pool Enclosure

Installing a pool enclosure and/or pool cover can certainly help to lower the maintenance costs and efforts for your backyard pool. It prevents the accumulation of leaves, insects, and other pollutants such as phosphates and pathogens from entering into the pool water, which over time can lead to a cloudy appearance. Further, ensure there is no overuse of chemicals which can ultimately be harmful to you and your kids.

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Another benefit associated with investing in a pool enclosure is that it protects your kids and pets from accidentally falling into the pool.

How to Deal with Cloudy Pool Water

Here is a Practical-to-Implement Procedure for Fixing the Cloudy Pool Water Issue:-

#1. Keep it Clean

The first step to deal with cloud pool water is to give your pool a deep clean. Start with getting rid of the large debris; you can use a heavy-duty skimmer to reach out to them in the pool water. Next up is using a brush to clean the walls of the pool. Finally, vacuum the pool.

#2. Shock the Pool

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Shocking the pool involves a super high dose of chlorine; it reacts with the pool water to form chlorine molecules and eliminate cloudiness caused by bacteria or algae.

If you or someone in your family has a chlorine allergy, its alternative can be a non-chlorine pool shock. For algae, you have to repeat the shock treatment multiple times to achieve the desired results.

Wait for at least 24 hours before you dive into the pool after the shock treatment.

#3. Run the Filter

After you’ve deep cleaned your pool and done with the shock treatment, let the filter run for at least 12 hours. That’s approximately the time most residential pools take to filter the water.

One thing you need to keep in mind is that a dirty or clogged filter is way less effective.

So, before you run the filter, check if it is clean (this must be a part of your pool maintenance routine). Deep clean if possible, otherwise replace it.

Ideally, the Ph level must be 7.2 to 7.6, 120-150 parts per million alkalinities.

#4. Allow the Bottom to Drain

No matter how effective the filter and skimmer are, but they can’t get at the bottom of the pool. For that, you have to turn on the bottom drains. You can divert them to sediment to the pool filter.

#5. Test the Water

Finally, test the pool water for each chemical, and balance it.

Let’s Wind Up

If the cloudiness in your pool water is limited or isn’t too bad, then try a shortcut. Buy a pool flocculant, and use it in the pool. It will cause all debris to reach the bottom of the pool; once it does, clean up.

The long-term solution to prevent pool algae or cloudy water is having a pool enclosure or cover.

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