How do I Fix the Cloudy Water in My Swimming Pool?

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Cloudy water in your swimming pool causing you problems?  Nothing ruins a great pool day like icky, cloudy water.  What was an inviting little oasis in your backyard now looks just plain gross.  Do not despair, however, because this can be an easy fix!

 

Investigate the Cloudy Water

The first thing you want to do is to look over your pool equipment.  If your equipment is not working properly, you can't hope to keep your pool clean.  Check your circulation and filtration systems.  Make sure that they are free of debris, and not clogging up your system.  Also, make sure your filter is clean and working properly.  In our next blog, we will show you how to clean your filters yourself, but in the meantime, check out this video for a quick how-to.

Test the Cloudy Water

Sometimes, persistent cloudy water can indicate a chemical problem.  Test the water using a home test kit, available at most pool supply stores and home improvement stores.  These home test kits test for the chlorine, pH, and alkalinity levels.  Consult your regular maintenance company professional or owner's manual for information on what constitutes the correct level for these chemicals.

Shock the Cloudy Water

If you've tried the steps listed above, and nothing works, try and shock the pool.  Shocking the pool refers to adding a large amount of chlorine to the pool to kill off any bacteria that may be living in the water.   This can be very dangerous, so make sure you follow all the steps listed on the chemical packaging, and take your time with it, as splashing the chemicals increases the risk of it making contact with your skin and causing burning and/or irritation.  Once you've added the chemicals in concurrence with your owner's manual, run the filter for 24 hours after.  Do not attempt to swim or get into the pool during this time.  Swimming in a pool with too much chlorine is very bad for you, and can cause respiratory problems, irritation to the skin, nausea, and so on.  After the 24 hours have passed, re-test your pool to check the pH, chlorine, and alkalinity levels again.  Make sure your levels have returned to a normal state BEFORE getting back in the water.

 

Okay, I've Done All This, and I Still Have Cloudy Water!

If the problem persists after all of these steps, reach out to a professional for help!  There is no substitute for expert knowledge, and no shame in asking for it!  If you have a regular maintenance company, schedule them to come out and investigate the problem.  The maintenance crew should have tons of experience with this sort of thing, and will be able to help you out.  If you do not have a regular maintenance company, that's okay!  Call us and we will refer you to our friend Shane Price, of Destiny Pool & Spa Service.  He's the best in the biz and we are proud to work with him!  Getting a pro to look at your cloudy water will alleviate many a headache on your end, so don't waste any more time and give us (or your preferred maintenance company) a call!