Having a pool is a fantastic way to enjoy the summer months with friends and family. However, it’s so frustrating when you have cloudy water, especially if you have people coming over to use the pool. I know this is a frustration that Henry deals with since he is our pool boy. Not only does it look uninviting, but it can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and algae. Even if you regularly maintain your pool, cloudy water can still become an issue. But don’t worry, in this article, I’m sharing some tips and tricks on how to clear cloudy pool water fast!
Check pH Balance
The first and most important step to clear cloudy pool water fast is to check and balance the pH level of the water. A pH level measures the acidity and the alkalinity of the water. A pH level between 7.2 and 7.8 is ideal for swimming pools. If your pool water pH level is off, the water will be cloudy, and it might even irritate your eyes and skin. So, use a pH testing kit to measure the level of pH and adjust accordingly. It is important to test your pH level regularly so you can correct imbalances before they get out of hand. Adjust your chemicals accordingly by adding the recommended amounts of chemicals needed to reach the appropriate levels.
Clean the Filter
A dirty filter and skimmer baskets could also lead to cloudy water in your pool. They can block the circulation of water, which prevents the filtration system from working effectively. Make sure you clean your filter and skimmer baskets regularly to keep the water flowing freely. Your pool filter works hard to keep your water clean, and it can easily become clogged with debris, preventing it from effectively filtering the water. A dirty filter can contribute significantly to cloudy pool water.
Henry likes to make sure all the large debris is out of the filter first. Then he uses the water hose to spray the filter and get any leftover residue out. Check your filter regularly and clean it out at least once a week, more often in peak pool season. If the filter media is worn-out or hasn’t been changed in some time, replace it.
Shock the Pool
The fastest way to clear cloudy pool water is to use shock. If the pool’s chlorine levels are low, it can lead to cloudy water. Shocking the pool will help to raise the chlorine levels, killing any algae or bacteria present in the pool. Use a chlorine shock product and follow the instructions on the label. It is recommended to shock the pool at night to give the chlorine time to work before the sun’s rays break it down.
Brush and Vacuum the Pool
Sometimes, the contaminants can be stubborn, sticking to the walls and floor of the pool. Scrubbing the pool with the help of a pool brush can remove the buildup on the walls and the bottom. If a pool has nasty build-up and is dirty on the wall and the bottom, the pool will look cloudy.
We like to brush the pool steps, sides, and bottom first and then wait a few minutes. After the dirt and grime have had time to settle to the bottom, then take the vacuum and clean the pool.
We also have a pool robot, which I would highly recommend. You simply place it in the pool, turn it on, and it will go all over the pool floor and walls scrubbing and picking up dirt and debris.
Keep Up With Maintenance
It is important to keep up with pool maintenance. This will hopefully prevent the pool from becoming cloudy in the first place. This is definitely a weekly and maybe even daily job. Checking the pH level, making sure the pool filter is clean, and vacuuming/cleaning the pool on a regular basis will ensure that your pool is always looking great!
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