Troubleshooting cloudy water

Troubleshooting cloudy water
There are a few things that can cause cloudy water in your pool or spa. Let’s investigate.
  • Check  the filter system for malfunction; the filter may be plugged up or it may need chemical cleaning, usually indicated by filter pressure above 20 pounds per square inch (psi)
  • Check the filter; it could have holes that are letting fine particles pass through it
  • Check your pump to make sure it is operating effectively
  • Check your filtration system and lines
  • Make sure you are running the filter long enough to clean your pool
  • Air could be trapped in your filtration system; usually indicated with 0 psi or a very low filter pressure or lack of water flow
  • Your water level could be too low, preventing proper flow
  • Next, test water for total alkalinity and pH or hardness levels; these levels may be too high
  • Check the water for low chlorine level and check for presence of dead algae
  • For help with a specific question, you can call our free helpline at 1-800-SOS-POOL (767-7665)
If you are having trouble maintaining the proper chlorine levels, or if algae is starting to grow, see the troubleshooting green algae or dull green water page [Links to Dull Green Water]
  • After you fix the cause, shock the water with one of our Step One shock products
  • Use Ultra Clarifier to drop out small particles the filter will not catch
  • Use Metal and Calcium Eliminator to avoid stains
 

Useful products for pool

Shock Quick 10

Shock Quick 10

Destroys organic contaminants

Useful products for spa

Stain and Scale Inhibitor for spa

Stain and Scale Inhibitor for spa

Clears cloudy water due to high calcium levels