Cloudy Swimming Pool Water..Dirt From The Jets..

by Alwyn Raney
(Corfu Greece)

When I hoover my pool there is a small amount of dirty water that comes back out of the jets at the end of the pool which makes the water a bit cloudy.

How can I resolve this problem?

Thanks for your question Alwyn

Here are some troubleshooting posts to questions about debris returning back to the pool, and other situations that you might to take a look at:

Swimming Pool Sand Filter..Pool Seems To Be Manufacturing Small Debris


Look at the fittings, lose pump motor lid, O-rings, etc...from the above links.

The question didn't mention what kind of filter you have, but my experience tells me that when debris goes back into the pool through the jets, it's normally a sand or DE filter.

With sand filters, you'll want to be sure you have the right amount of sand and the correct size. Your owners manual can tell you that information. Also be sure the check the measurement in inches from the top of the sand to the top of the filter opening.

Many times a broken lateral is the problem with sand filters. If the lateral is broken, you'll need to scoop out the sand, replace the lateral, then put the sand back into the filter.

Swimming Pool Sand Filters

With DE filters, it's a tear or rip in the grid(s). If there are any the best solution is a replacement of any bad, worn, or torn grids.

Swimming Pool DE Pool Filters & Maintenance

The above links can give you much more info.

Hope this helps and have a great Summer


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Our Swimming Pool Water Is Slightly Milky? Problems..

by Rita

Please can anyone tell us why we have a slightly milky look to our swimming pool water? How can we get that "chrystal clear water"?

When we do a test (we use the tablet form in the test kit) the pH level is usually between 7.4 & 7.6 but the chlorine level is a very deep pink?

We cannot get it lighter in colour? We have changed from tablet form of chlorine to the powder mixed in a plastic bucket. Hoping you can help us to have nice crystal clear water.

Thanking you

Rita Robertson

It is an above ground pool

Thanks for your question Rita

I would highly recommend getting a Taylor Reagent FAS-DPD K-2006 pool water test kit. It's the best on the market. A little getting used to but it's worth the time investment and it will give you the most accurate pool chemical readings.

Water Testing Kit

Your pool pH level is good, between 7.4ppm - 7.6ppm, so I would advise you to not make any adjustments to that. You can allow it go between 7.6 - 7.8.

Concerning your milky pool water, I have answered that question in these posts. You might want to take a look at these:

Pool Water Has Strong Odor To Vinyl..Milky Water

Swimming Pool pH Level Fine..Water Has A Cloudy & Milky Look

The milky pool water might be to much or too little cyanuric acid (CYA). This is the stabilizer for the chlorine. Too much and the water might appear to have a cloudy or milky color to it because the chlorine cannot do its job. Your question says you've been using chlorine tablets. These tablets have CYA in them. You can take the CYA test using your FAS-DPD test kit.

If the CYA is more than 70 ppm you might need to drain 1/3 - 1/2 of the water, re-fill, then re-test all the chemicals. Unfortunately there's really no other way to effectively get the CYA down.

I will assume the powder chlorine to which you're referring is Calcium Hypochlorite, the granular form the pool chlorine. This is a very good sanitizer, but keep an eye on your calcium hardness level because you are adding calcium each time you manually dose the pool with these chlorine granules.

The very deep pink color of your current OTO pool water test kit means that the chlorine level is up a bit high. Allow the level to get down between 2 - 4 ppm and the CYA between 30 - 50 ppm.

Hope this helps and have a great Summer


Oct 17, 2010
Milky Pool Water
by: Colin

Is your pool painted? Rub your hand up the side to see if paint clouds off which will Make your pool milky rub back and repaint.

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