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How to make your pool water clear again

professional pool cleaning lakelandCrystal clear pool water can turn cloudy practically overnight. When this happens, it usually means that the tiny particles polluting your pool water were too small to be filtered out by your pool’s filter. You can clear up your water by using just the right amount of either clarifier or flocculant. How cloudy your water is will give you a clue about how to treat the water.

What makes pool water cloudy?

When you swim in a pool, you leave behind body oils, perspiration, skin proteins, body lotions, and sunscreen. The environment contributes pollen, dust, fine sand and algae to pool water. These particles floating in the water are too small to be seen by the human eye or caught by the pool’s filter, but they can make the pool water appear flat/hazy, cloudy or murky depending on how much is in the water.

How do you clear up cloudy pool water?

Making sure that your pool has the right level of chlorine in the water could clear up the problem. If that doesn’t work, follow one of the methods below based on your pool’s level of cloudiness.

  1. Flat/Hazy

Flat or hazy water doesn’t appear milky. Instead, it lacks clarity. The water looks dull.

Clearing up this water is relatively simple:

• Begin running the pump.
• Make sure the water’s pH level is between 7.2. and 7.6.
• Add clarifier according to the dose recommended for your size of pool.
• Continue to run the pump and pool filter for 12 hours.
  1. Cloudy

Cloudy water looks almost milky. Even though it’s tinted white, you should still be able to see the bottom on the shallow end and just barely on the deep end.

Clearing up this water requires a little more effort:

• Begin running the pump.
• Make sure the water’s pH level is between 7.2. and 7.6.
• Add clarifier according to the dose recommended for your size of pool.
• Continue to run the pump and pool filter for 8 hours.
• Allow the pool to rest, without the pump on, for up to 10 hours.
• Thoroughly vacuum the bottom of the pool.
• Run the pool pump for another 4 hours.
  1. Cloudy tinted-greenish

Greenish-tinted water that’s cloudy enough that you can barely see the bottom has algae in it.

The best way to treat this water is to apply an algae treatment. After you have done that, follow the steps for clearing up cloudy water.

  1. Murky

Murky water is so cloudy that you can’t see the bottom at all.

pool cleaning lakelandClearing up this water takes the most effort:

• Fill up the pool to the middle of the skimmer box line.
• Make sure the water’s pH level is 7.8.
• Remove the cartridge filter from your pool filter if you have a cartridge filter or set the filter to recirculate if yours is a sand filter.
• Begin running the pump.
• Add flocculant according to the dose recommended for your size of pool.
• Continue to run the pump and pool filter for 2-3 hours.
• Allow the pool to rest, without the pump on, for up to 12 hours.
• Thoroughly vacuum the bottom of the pool.
• Repeat these steps after 24 hours of rest if the water is still murky or cloudy.

If following these procedures didn’t work, there may be a mechanical problem with your pool’s filter. Give our pool experts a call at (863) 967-2863. Let Pool Works help clear up your water!