Cloudy Pool Water? These Might Be the Causes

A dip in the pool on a hot day is just what the doctor ordered for summer. But if you go to jump in and find cloudy, green water… you’re probably going to seek a second opinion! There are a lot of reasons that your pool may get cloudy, but there are a few things that you can check before you seek help from a professional, like the professionals here at Pool Builders, Inc.!

Sanitary Levels

The first thing that you should do is make sure that your pool is properly balanced. Does the pool have the right amount of chlorine in it? The water may need to be shocked to get it back to where it belongs. And don’t forget that you should also check the calcium hardness, alkalinity, and ph levels of your inground swimming pool. If these things are out of whack even a little bit, it could have an effect on how clear your water is.

An Equipment Malfunction

But it might not be the chemicals that are messing up your plans for a crystal clear pool. It may be because of faulty equipment. Make sure that everything in your pool’s system is functioning correctly, including your pool filter and pump. It’s important to the health of your pool that the water is circulated easily. Make sure that no part of your pool system is clogged with stray leaves or other debris, either.

Your Pool Filter Needs to Be Cleaned

Check the pressure level on your pool’s filter gauge. If it is increased by 10 psi (pounds per square inch), it’s time for your filter to be cleaned out!

Too Many People in the Pool

Though it’s common sense, we often don’t realize that the more people we have in the pool, the more “stuff” our pool will have in it. This “stuff” includes dead skin, sunscreen, sweat, dirt, and other foreign objects that can put pressure on your pool’s filter, pump, and other parts. All of that added pressure may mean that your pool won’t look as clean as it normally does.

Rainwater Runoff

Pool guests aren’t the only things that bring unwanted materials into your pool. Inground pools run the risk of having rainwater drag dirt and debris into your pool, also. That is why it is important to cover your pool when it is not in use.

Once you discover what the issue is, you can get started with correcting it so you can get back to your clean pool. You may need to use a water clarifier, which helps to coagulate tiny debris in your pool, making them large enough for your filter to pick up.

If you can’t seem to solve your cloudy water problem, give us a call at (412) 741-4774.

Clean Your Pool Using Ultraviolet Technology

Whether you want to admit it or not, your pool can be a dirty place. It can turn into a breeding ground for algae and bacteria, which is why proper pool maintenance is so important.

Chlorine is the most common chemical used to keep pools clean, but chlorine can irritate swimmers’ eyes, skin, and hair. So how can you maintain good pool chemistry while making the swimming experience better for friends and family? Consider cleaning your pool with an Ultraviolet (UV unit).

Ultraviolet light has been used to disinfect drinking water for decades, but the technology is now making a splash on the pool industry. These UV units, like the Delta UV unit we recommend at Professional Pool Services, harness the power of UV light in order to kill algae and bacteria and balance your pool’s chemistry. In fact, the UV light actually changes the DNA of microorganisms in order to remove them.

By doing this, the UV system also reduces the amount of chlorine you need to use in your pool by 70-85%. And since the process is quick and easy and doesn’t harm people or animals that may come in contact with the pool, it’s clear why more and more pool owners are looking to this option.

The only thing you will have to do to maintain your UV unit will be to replace the UV bulb each year. Find out more about UV units from the Delta website.

If you’re thinking about installing a Delta UV system to your swimming pool, give us at call at 412-741-4774.