Summer is no fun without the beach and the pool, isn’t it? But with the pandemic going on these days, it can be hard to visit and enjoy the beach due to travel and health restrictions.
It’s safer to stay at home and make use of your pool if you have it.
The main problem with having a pool at home is when it turns cloudy and dirty. Nobody would want to swim that, and that’s a total bummer to have a cloudy pool for summer. Here we’ll show you how to get rid of cloudy pool water.
Step 1: Know the reason why the pool water is cloudy.
Before you take action on cleaning the pool water, you need to make an assessment first. There are a lot of reasons why your pool water is getting cloudy. Check the below if those reasons made your pool water less desirable:
1. The pool water got mixed up with rainfall.
Unless you have an indoor pool, this wouldn’t be a problem. When it rains, most likely, the rainwater mixes in the pool water. Both types of water are not the same. Take note that rainwater is safe and never harmful to the pool. However, the chlorine in your pool water doesn’t react so well when mixed with rainwater. This can result in a more cloudy appearance of the water.
2. Too low or too high chlorine
Chlorine is essential for the pool water since it wards off all the harmful toxins and bacteria that could harm you while swimming. When the chlorine is too high, it gets cloudy, and if it’s too low, it gets super crystal clear. Always check the chlorine content in your pool water, and it should always stay at a normal amount.
3. Too much hydrogen concentration and calcium content
Check the hydrogen levels of the pool water. If it’s too acidic, the pool water is wearing away, causing dirt to flow and make the water cloudy. If the pool is too basic as well, it could still cause the cloudiness of the water. Ensure that the acidity and basicity of the pool water are balanced.
Even the calcium content of the pool water has something to do with it. This should be tested as well. If there’s too much calcium, the water tends to be cloudy. Ensure as well that the calcium content shall be tested and maintain its normal levels.
4. Shocked pool water
Every pool needs to be shocked, especially when you’re trying to fix its chlorine content. However, the side effect of pool shocking is giving your pool water a cloudy and murky effect. When shocking the water, it messes up with its bicarbonate compounds. Shocking the pool water uses a high amount of calcium, which can also result in cloudy water.
Step 2: Fixing the Cloudy Pool Water
Once you’re done doing tests on your pool water, it’s time to apply some of the methods that we’ll present below.
1. Remedy with a Pool Flocculant
- You can purchase this product in any hardware store or pool-based shop online. It’s a powder that you can use to treat your pool water.
- Once you have the pool flocculant available, make sure to read the instructions on how to use it.
- After getting the right dosage to use, mix the pool flocculant powder in a little bit of water creating a paste-like mixture.
- Then, spread the mixture all over the pool and let it sit for about two days.
- Ensure that the water pump is off, and no one should swim at this point yet.
- After two days, you will see all the dirt and gunk floating on the surface, causing your water to be murky. Pull it out using a manual vacuum making sure that no traces of dirt shall be left.
2. Using a pool clarifier
- A pool clarifier is another product that you can use to prevent your pool water from clouding and getting murky. (Note that this won’t be effective when used with super cloudy water)
- When you notice that the pool water is getting slightly cloudy, apply some of the pool clarifiers into the water. Make sure you follow the packet instructions and let it sit there to do its work.
- The pool clarifier does the same job as the pool flocculant. It gathers all the bad stuff from the water and makes it visible by having it float on the surface.
- Once you see all the dirt build-up floating, take it out by using a pool filter. Ensure that you’ve cleaned all the dirt on the surface.
3. Maintaining your pool filter
- A dirty pool filter can also be the culprit of why your pool water is cloudy. Always do regular cleaning and replace the pool filter when it’s old and too used up.
- Check for any debris, dirt or gunk clogging up the pool filter. When it’s clogged, it’s not working as it should be by successfully filtering all the first from the pool. Make sure it’s not clogged up and well cleaned.
- You can use a filter cleaner at least twice every three months to avoid it from clogging up.
- If the pool filter looks helpless, consider changing it, and get a new one.
4. Conduct regular pool maintenance
Having a pool is a lot of work but worth it. Make sure that you do water checks and tests. Observe the cleaning and inspections schedule. Most importantly, practice good habits to prevent problems in the water. Prepare a checklist to monitor at all times.