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My water is cloudy. How does this happen and what can I do to correct it?

November 16, 2011

Cloudy water can be caused by a number of factors, which include: filtration, water balance, sanitizing/oxidizing and algae. Filters must be run long enough to effectively remove dirt and debris from the water (All the water must be filtered every 6 hours). The filter media should be chemically cleaned a couple times a season. High pH, total alkalinity, and total hardness can cause minerals to fall out of solution, which clouds the water. Also the higher the pH, the less effective the chlorine is, therefore the pool acts like there is little or no chlorine present. If you are unable to perform a complete water analysis please do not hesitate to bring a water sample into our retail store for a free analysis. Proper sanitizer residuals and normal oxidation keep bacteria and algae from growing in the pool, and eliminates undesirable compounds that can promote their growth. If these residuals drop, bacteria and other organisms can begin to grow, and can cloud the water. The beginning stages of algae growth will often cloud the water before acquiring a green color. Apply shock products appropriate for your sanitizer and add an initial dose of algaecide.