Pool Maintenance – Why Is My Pool Water Cloudy?

Pool Maintenance – Necessary to Keep Pool Water Sparkling!

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Splashing around in your swimming pool is one of the best ways to cool off and have fun. However, a cloudy and murky pool takes away all the excitement of this activity. Cloudy pool water does not necessarily mean that it is dirty. It can point out to a number of other things that might be going wrong both in your pool maintenance as well as on your pool equipment. Let us explore some of them.

Mechanical Reasons

If your regular pool maintenance and cleaning includes ensuring that it has a balanced chemistry all the time, then its mechanics might be the culprit. Inspect each piece of equipment to ensure that they are working properly. This can include:

  • Improper brushing and vacuuming
  • Improper filter size
  • Improper size of pump and/or motor
  • Insufficient filtering time
  • Poor circulation
  • Chemical filter cleaning

Environmental Reasons

Take a look around your pool and think of its possible contaminants, especially when it is located outdoors. It could be that low-hanging tree, your pets playing nearby, or a close construction site. Here are environmental contaminants that can lead to a cloudy pool:

  • Bird droppings
  • Branches
  • Dirt
  • Dust
  • Leaves
  • Pollen
  • Plant fertilizer
  • Pests on landscaping (e.g. white fly)
  • Chemicals to control pests

Chemical Reasons

Most pool owners will immediately jump to the conclusion that it is the chemicals that are causing their pool water to appear cloudy. However, it is important to also look into mechanical and environment issues before looking into the possibility of chemical problems. Some of the most common chemical factors include:

  • Filter cleaning
  • Improper pool shocking
  • Improper water chemistry
  • Lack of chemical pool maintenance
  • Poorly maintained sanitizer level

If you will have more than the usual number of people in your swimming pool, it is important that you add an extra amount of sanitizer to anticipate the increased amount of contaminants that are bound to get into your pool water. Most importantly, perform regular pool maintenance as often as you can. Ensure that your pump and filter systems work properly and that your [sand] filter has been backwashed and/or replaced when needed.

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