Cloudy Pool Water

My pool water is cloudy and has been tested by employees at Leslie's pool three times and they have put me through the grind.


Twice they say the water is good, but the pool is still very cloudy.

What can it be now?




Good question and here's your answer.

Cloudy pool water may have many contributing factors, but the most common is algae.

Cloudy Pool Water

I would suggest to get your filtration system in order and make sure it's running properly.

Sand filter: Good quality sand at the right level

Cartridge filter: Make sure they are clean

DE: No tears in the grids and fresh DE

Be sure your pool is topped off at the right level; 1/3 to 1/2 up the skimmer.

Chemicals are in check for a good shock:

pH 7.0

Alkalinity 80 - 100

Calcium Hardness 150 - 250 (for plaster pools)

Cyanuric acid (CYA) needs to be between 30 - 50ppm. Be sure to have some Tri-chlor tabs on hand to raise the CYA.

You can find how to balance these on their respective pages.

Get a good Taylor Reagent K-2005 or 2006 test kit. It takes some getting used to but it's worth the time invested.

Water Testing Kit

Next is to shock the pool. Go here:

Adjust Your Swimming Pool Chlorine

If you have hard fill water it's better to use liquid chlorine.

Sodium Hypochlorite

Be sure to run the filter 24/7 until the water clears up.

Keep an eye on the filter pressure because if if the issue is algae the filter might get clogged quickly.

Backwash when the pressure gets to 8 - 10psi over "just backwashed" pressure.

If needed, you can use a clarifier but only after you have filtered long enough.

It could take a few days to clear up but you'll be well on your way if you follow these instructions.

Take care in who you listen to.

Although Leslie's is a fine organization, there are pool places that I know of that the customer will talk to a salesman and not a true pool professional.

Good luck with your cloudy water and let me know how it turns out.

I like to hear success stories.

Best regards

Robert





Comment: Leslie's Pools Stinks

Date: June 26, 2011

I had the same happen to me at Leslie's.

If they don't know they should say they don't.

But I can suggest a possible solution, just so you don't think it's going to be fixed for sure and to find it's not so no matter what you're going to buy something to give it a try.

Thanks for the tips.

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What Would Make My Swimming Pool Water Get Cloudy

by Rodney
(Alabama)

What could make swimming pool water get cloudy?

We have been fighting this for about 2 weeks now and it's driving us crazy.

I've done pretty much everything I know but the swimming pool water still looks a little milky, kind of cloudy.

What would cause this?




Thanks for the question Rodney

Cloudy pool water may have many contributing factors, but the most common is algae.

Cloudy Pool Water In Swimming Pools..Causes..Treatment..Prevention..Solutions

I would suggest to get your filtration system in order and make sure it's running properly.

Sand filter: Good quality sand at the right level

Cartridge filter: Make sure they are clean

DE: No tears in the grids and fresh DE

Be sure your pool is topped off at the right level; 1/3 to 1/2 up the skimmer.

Chemicals are in check for a good shock:

pH 7.0

Alkalinity 80 - 100

Calcium Hardness 150 - 250 (for plaster pools)

Cyanuric acid (CYA) needs to be between 30 - 50ppm.

Be sure to have some Tri-chlor tabs on hand to raise the CYA.

You can find how to balance these on their respective pages.

Get a good Taylor Reagent K-2005 or 2006 test kit. It takes some getting used to but it's worth the time invested.

Water Testing Kit

Next is to shock the pool. Go here:

Adjust Your Swimming Pool Chlorine

to learn how much chlorine you need for your size pool.

If you have hard fill water it's better to use liquid chlorine (sodium hypochlorite).

Be sure to run the filter 24/7 until the water clears up.

Keep an eye on the filter pressure because if if the issue is algae the filter might get clogged quickly. Backwash when the pressure gets to 8 - 10psi over "just backwashed" pressure.

If needed, you can use a clarifier but only after you have filtered long enough.

It could take a few days to clear up but you'll be well on your way if you follow these instructions.

Good luck with your cloudy water and let me know how it turns out.

Best regards

Robert

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