Cloudy pool water is possibly the most recurring problem encountered by pool owners. Let’s look at the five key causes of cloudy pool water and their solutions.
Filtration & Circulation
If your pool filter is not properly functioning or the water flow is restricted by a malfunctioning pump, circulation stoppage or lack of backwashing and/or cleaning the filter, pool water will become cloudy. Inadequate filtration and circulation will always result in a battle agains’t cloudy pool water.
The lack of a proper pool maintenance schedule will result in unbalanced water. Incorrect pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness level’s will result in cloudy pool water. Balancing your pool water will usually result in your pool water clearing up.
Heavy Swimmer Load
A weekend party with lots of swimmers at the one time can overload the pool with organics such as sweat and body oils – causing cloudy pool water. To fix the cloudiness add a good shock treatment such as PQ Ultimate Oxy Shock or Instant Chlorine Pellets and a dose of Natural Clarifier.
An algae bloom in your pool will cause your cloudy pool water. This type of cloudiness can be distinguished from other causes by a slippery feel on the pool’s surface. Super-shock the pool to correct this problem using PQ Instant Chlorine Pellets. Unfiltered dead algae will also cloud the water – this will occur if you have recently applied an algae treatment. If you have added an algae treatment wait for a full filtration cycle to pass as this will normally clear things up.
Fine Suspended Solids
PQ has a complete range of clarifier products to keep your pool simply sparkling. Before you add any clarifier treatment to your pool we recommend you seek the advice of our Pool Professional.