How to Treat Cloudy Water

Pool water cloudiness results from the presence of particles that are too small to be filtered and are also unremovable by oxidation. There are four main reasons that a swimming pool can get cloudy water.

  1. A dirty filter. In many instances, cleaning or backwashing your filter can alleviate the cloudiness issue.
  2. Not running the pump long enough. This means that only a small percentage of the water is actually being filtered. To prevent this, we recommend running your pool pump from 9 am until dusk every day.
  3. Swimming pool water is out of balance. High chlorine is one of the top reasons that people experience cloudy water, along with high pH, high total alkalinity, high calcium hardness or a high TDS (total dissolved solids). That is why it is so important to follow the water balance parameters set up for your pool.
  4. Environmental factors and contaminants from users can also contribute to cloudy water.

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How Do I Get Rid of Cloudy Water?

You don't need a long list of chemicals, Super Water Clarifier has been proven to be a superior clarifier in swimming pools and spas. If your pool is cloudy, follow the instructions below and you will be on your way to clear water once again.

Step 1: Clean or backwash your filter if applying the initial dose.

Step 2: Shock the pool with one gallon of Suncoast Gold Liquid Chlorine per 10,000 gallons of pool water. Do this in the early evening and let the pool pump run for at least one hour afterward.

Step 3: The next day add 2 oz. of Super Water Clarifier per 5,000 gallons, diluted with pool water. Pour around the edge of the pool while the circulation system is operating.

Step 4: Run your circulation system continuously for 24 hours and clean your filter as needed.

For severe cases, you may need to increase the dosage to help fix the problem. Contact your local Pinch A Penny store for expert advice.

Also remember, following the ABCs of Pool Care is the best defense against pool water problems. Suncoast Complete Multi-Purpose Tablets and Suncoast All In One Algaecide contain water clarifying properties, which help to keep your pool crystal clear all season long.

Please read all bottles and observe all warnings and printed precautions.

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