5 Tips to Clear Up Cloudy Water
When you own a pool, one of the last things you want to deal with is cloudy water. This problem is common, but also frustrating as it can have a multitude of reasons. Is your water murky because of the pH levels? Is there a foreign contaminant? Pleasure Pools receives questions about this issue often, so we thought we’d put together a brief list to help our customers narrow down the cause of the problem.
The reason behind your water clarity issue could be a variety, or even a combination of things. As a result, it pays to go through the process of elimination and knock out each potential cause of murky water. So, what causes murky water in your pool?
This is a common foreign contaminant. Conditioner is cloudy, and if not kept at the right levels, can easily mess up your water. You need your conditioner to keep your water clean and swimmable, but too much can cause serious problems.
Unfortunately, you typically will need to partially drain and refill the pool if this is the problem, as most conditioners don’t dissipate easily. Typically, a good pool is kept at 80ppm or below when it comes to conditioner levels.
Your pH refers to where your water content falls on the level of acidity. Typically, you want your water to be between 7.2 and 7.6, and this can be determined with a simple 1 minute water test. The chemicals to balance this are easy to get, and if you test your water on a regular basis, you shouldn’t really have any issues.
Still, sometimes people forget to check, and this can result in water that is too acidic. This can cause some murkiness to occur, and can be balanced by pH decreaser.
Just as your pH can be too high, it can also be too low. If you are looking at water that is leaning too far towards a base as opposed to an acid, a pH increaser may be in order. Please remember, it really does not take a lot to change the levels in your pool either way.
Also, the effect will not be instantaneous, so follow the directions on your chemical bottles and pay close attention to the amount of pH chemicals you put in compared to the amount of water in your pool.
This can be tied pretty closely to your pH levels, but also has its own test. You don’t want to be swimming in a mild battery, and the chemicals are not only difficult to see in, they can also damage your skin and eyes.
Kits to measure and maintain alkalinity levels in your pool are available to purchase at pool supply centers and even most home improvement stores. While they might be a touch more expensive than your standard pH kit, they are well worth having on hand.
Sometimes, stuff gets in your pool; this can be especially true if you have kids. Dissolved solids could refer to any number of things, but basically, it means matter that has entered the pool and broken down over time.
If you suspect there is something in your pool that has contaminated the water, you may need to do a variety of things. A partial drain might be in order, and a check of the filtration system wouldn’t hurt, either. On top of this, be sure to check your drains.
Pool filters are notorious for breaking down. Check yours daily, and clean it whenever you can. Make sure your pumps are working, and that nothing is blocking the pipes that circulate your water flow.
Your pool can easily become cloudy, but that doesn’t have to cloud your day. If this ever happens to you, go through these steps of checking your pool for each potential offender and act accordingly. Additionally, Pleasure Pools offers maintenance services for our owners; call today if you’d like to relax by your sparkling clear pool without lifting a finger. Your swimmers will thank you for regular attention to your pool, this summer and beyond.