Answers to Basic Pool Questions





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:

  • Test water to determine current chemistry conditions
  • Add LO ‘N SLO® if pH is high
  • Add BURN OUT®  to oxidize contaminants

To fix equipment causes of cloudy water:

  • Improper filtration is the largest cause of cloudy water
  • Use STRIP KWIK ®  to clean dirty filter media
  • Add  POLYSHEEN BLUE® to enhance filtration
  • Check pool returns and make sure they are angled properly

To prevent cloudy water:

  1. Add POLYSHEEN BLUE® or SUPER CLEAR TABS to your weekly maintenance routine to improve clarity and reduce contaminant levels
  2. Backwash filter when necessary
  3. Chemically clean filter every 4 months
  4. Replace filter media as directed
  5. Run pump at least 10-12 hours per day
  6. Maintain proper water balance
  7. Oxidize/Shock pool weekly to destroy contaminants*

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