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How to clear up a cloudy pool

Ever experienced a cloudy pool? Not only is it unsightly, it can be unhealthy. Here is how you can get your pool sparkling and clean again in nine simple steps.

Despite your best pool maintenance efforts, pool water can still go cloudy, causing discomfort and preventing people from swimming. The Clark Rubber professionals are here to help you understand why this happens, the problems it can cause, and how you can fix or prevent them.

How do you ensure your pool remains crystal clear all the time?

What causes cloudy pool water?

Cloudy pool water is normally caused by one of the following:

  • An incorrect water balance, which can cause dissolved materials to precipitate and cloud the water;
  • Dirt and debris entering the pool or washing off swimmers;
  • The oxidation of material in the pool - this happens after you shock treat the water or do not use oxidiser;
  • A malfunctioning filter.

What happens when pools go cloudy?

Cloudy pool water can have serious impacts including:

  • Swimmers can start to get sore eyes;
  • Your filter cycle begins to shorten, meaning your pool is not getting the cleaning it needs;
  • The pool becomes far less comfortable for swimmers;
  • The pool looks murky and unsightly.

Fortunately, the experts at Clark Rubber can help you address these issues and prevent them from happening in the first place.

How to fix cloudy pool water

Step one: Get a free comprehensive 60 second water analysis from the experts at Clark Rubber. You will be using Filtrite Supa Floc to clear up the water, so your pH has to be at least 7.8 for this to work. You may need to use Filtrite pH Buffer to adjust this.

Step two: Add one litre of Filtrite Supa Floc for every 50,000 litres of water in your pool, mixing it in a bucket before pouring in.

Step three: Turn your filter on to recirculate for two hours, removing cartridges or grids as necessary.

Step four: Turn off the filter, and let all of the residue settle on the pool floor - this can take a few days. Do not disturb the pool during this process.

Step five: Vacuum the debris once it has settled.

Step six: If the water is still cloudy, repeat steps one through five until the issue is fixed.

Step seven: To maintain your pool's new sparkling water clarity, continue by adding Filtrite Crystal Clear Concentrate clarifying agent on a regular basis.

Step eight: Speak to the team at Clark Rubber about whether your filter or any of its components need replacing to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Step nine: Run your filter for eight hours a day in summer to keep the pool sparkling clear.

How to prevent cloudy pool water

Prevention is the best way to avoid a cloudy pool.

Prevention is the best way to avoid a cloudy pool. You can do this by getting your pool water regularly tested at Clark Rubber, maintaining your sanitiser residue, making sure you run the filter for eight hours a day over summer, and using Filtrite Crystal Clear Concentrate.

For all of your water clarity needs, visit your local Clark Rubber store, or we can do the work for you with our Onsite Pool Care.

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