Answers to Basic Pool Questions

Cloudy Water

What is it?

Cloudy water is a hazy, murky appearance that is caused by introduction of suspended particles that are invisible to the naked eye. A similar analogy would be the particles in air that cause smoke. These impurities are introduced to the water from a myriad of environmental sources, even bathers and source water. Particles can intensify and cause water to cloud due to improper water balance, low sanitizer levels and/or lack of routine oxidation, poor filtration or inadequate circulation.

To fix chemical causes of cloudy water:

To fix mechanical causes of cloudy water:

  • Improper filtration is the largest cause of cloudy water
  • Add Pool Complete® 911​ to enhance filtration
  • Use Strip Kwik ®​ or Kleen It ®​ to clean dirty filter media
  • Check pool returns and make sure they are angled properly

To prevent cloudy water:

  • Add Pool Complete® Weekly​ to your maintenance routine to improve clarity and reduce contaminants like phosphate
  • Backwash filter when necessary
  • Chemically clean filter every 4-6 weeks
  • Replace filter media as directed
  • Run pump at least 10-12 hours per day
  • Maintain proper water balance
  • Oxidize pool weekly to destroy contaminants
  • Shock​ pool weekly to destroy contaminants*

*such as perspiration, suntan lotions, hair sprays, body oils, urine, pet dander, and cosmetics.

Do you have a problem that you don’t see listed?

Your local BioGuard Dealer can help you diagnose and solve your problem! Stop by with a water sample to get started.

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