Many pool owners quickly blame "bad chemicals", but it is important to note that most of the time environmental and mechanical issues should be ruled out before you skip to chemical issues. Here are some of the factors that can result in cloudy pool water:
- Water chemistry can contribute to cloudy or hazy water
- Chemical cleaning of the filter, poorly maintained sanitizer levels, lack of a chemical maintenance routine.
- Improper pool shocking
If the water chemistry is at fault, the pH levels in your pool will be too high. Other chemical imbalances include that the total alkalinity (TA) is too high or the Calcium Hardness (CH) is too high. With pH & TA being overly high, the water will become dull and the chlorine reacts more slowly. This causes the chemicals to be ineffective against bacteria and algae. This can cause algae and other bacteria build up which will affect the overall clarity of the water.
High CH doesn't become a problem until the water warms up to a temperature over 80 degrees. Calcium minerals dissolve quicker in cold temperatures. When the pool is heated up, the high amounts of CH become visible, as the calcium takes much longer to dissolve.
By paying close attention to your chemicals levels, you can easily avoid this. If you find that one of these imbalances is present in your pool.
Another chemical issue that can cause cloudy pool water is a lack of regular shocking. Pool owners need to shock their pool regularly and to use the correct amount each time they do. By regularly shocking the pool, you are ridding it of human excrements that can cause discolored water. Proper shocking also helps to revitalize the chlorine level and knock out early algae growth
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