With temperatures in Las Vegas hitting 110’s and higher many people are calling asking why their swimming pool water is cloudy? Let’s be clear, these aren’t current customers of ours rather individuals that are struggling with taking care of their own swimming pools. The simple answer would be to hire us but we want to inform you on reasons why pool water gets cloudy, how to troubleshoot this on your own and how you can prevent it in the future. The most common reason why your pool water is cloudy is the onset of algae growth. Typically if you have a pool that is cloudy you will want to do the following:
- Check your levels of chlorine
- Check your filter run times
- Check your pH
- Check your phosphate levels
- Check all filtration equipment for leaks
- Make sure skimmer basket is empty
Any of the above can cause your swimming pool water to be cloudy. If you had a party or a bunch of swimmers that can also cause the water to be cloudy because of body oils, sunscreen and potential that your guests might have urinated in the pool. All of those in conjunction could also make the water turn cloudy.
Chlorine – to effectively kill bacteria and living organisms in your swimming pool your chlorine levels must be at least 3-5 parts per million (ppm) during the summer time. If it is lower, algae will most definitely grow in your swimming pool.
Filter Run Times – your filter should run at least 10-12 hours each night during the summer time. You can get away with shorter run times during the winter but proper filtration is necessary to circulate chemicals and filter our debris.
pH – your pH should be between 7.2 and 7.8! When levels climb above 8 it can cause your water to be cloudy and for scaling to occur.
Phosphates – they are food for algae and can enter your swimming pool from a variety of sources. Make sure to check those levels because if they are high, algae will grow no matter how much chlorine you have.
Filtration leaks – this can cause poor filtration. You will want to fix leaks as soon as possible to keep good circulation in your swimming pool.
Skimmer basket – make sure your skimmer basket is free of debris. If debris prevents the flow of water this can cause improper filtration too!
If you have a DE Filter make sure to check the grids for tears. If they are torn it will blow DE powder back into your swimming pool which could be another reason why your pool water could be cloudy. Swimming pools require a lot more work when the water is warm and as these temperatures continue on for long periods of time it can be challenging to manage it. In the end, if you want to take away the frustration of pool maintenance, contact us today we would love to take care of your pool so you can take care of swimming!