Cloudy water can turn your well-maintained, gor­geous and expen­sive pool into an eye­sore. Not only that, it can bother swim­mers’ eyes, make your fil­ter work over­time, and be a real has­sle to get clear.

Here are some of the rea­sons your pool might be cloudy.

  1. Imbal­anced chem­i­cals. High alka­lin­ity, too much or not enough chlo­rine or san­i­tiz­ers, or high pH. Seems like a sim­ple thing but it hap­pens all the time. If you get busy and for­get to check the pool, unusu­ally hot weather, heavy rain or a pool party all can affect the chem­i­cal levels

Solu­tion: Sim­ply bring­ing the level of chlo­rine up to 10 ppm in your pool will reverse the cloudy water — known as “Shock­ing the pool.” Also run your pool for a longer time to help speed up the process. Add Muri­atic Acid to lower down the alkalinity.

  1. Not run­ning the pool long enough. You need at least one cycle of water through your pool each day. One cycle means that all the pool water goes through the pool fil­ter back into the pool. If the chlo­rine level is ok but you’ve still got cloudy water, make sure you are run­ning the pool long enough.

Solu­tion: Set or allow your pool fil­ter to run longer.

  1. Stormy weather. Rain and thun­der­storms can really affect your pool. Dirt, debris and rain­wa­ter can change the water chem­istry of your pool and strain your equipment.

Solu­tion: After the weather clears, skim and brush your pool, shock it, and run the sys­tem for 12 hours. This should help clear the cloudiness.

  1. A fil­ter leak.

Solu­tion: Take the fil­ter apart and look at each piece. Replace any bro­ken grids.

Still have con­cerns about cloudy water in your pool? As always, give us a call with your questions.



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