If you celebrated the Labor Day holiday with a pool party, you may notice that your water is looking a bit cloudier than usual. While a pool party can be a great way to spend the day, no one wants to deal with the cloudy water that can appear after. At Champions Pool Repair & Service, we understand it can be concerning to see a cloudy pool after a party, so we’ve laid out some helpful steps on how you can fix it.
Step 1: Test the Water
Many pool owners feel that the easiest fix to cloudy water is to sanitize with as many stain removers, clarifiers, and other chemicals as they can find. However, this may actually be doing more harm than good for your pool. Too many clarifiers and chemicals in your pool’s water can have an adverse effect, making your water even cloudier than before. Before overloading your pool with chemicals, test the water to ensure all chemical levels are within the correct range. Your levels should be:
pH: 7.2 – 7.6
Calcium Hardness: 200 – 400 ppm
Total Alkalinity: 80 ppm – 120 ppm
Cyanuric Acid: 25 ppm to 50 ppm.
Step 2: Shock Your Pool
Once you have balanced the chemical levels in your pool, the next step is to shock the water. As your guests swim, bacteria gets left in the water. Shocking the pool essentially wipes out all of the left behind bacteria. Once you have added shock to the water, you may notice a significant improvement within a few hours, however, it’s important to keep in mind that there are still a few more steps before your pool is completely treated. Be sure to test the pH and alkalinity levels after shocking to ensure that there has not been any fluctuation. Also, test the chlorine level. Once it has fallen below 3 ppm, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Step 3: Clarification
Clarification helps your pool’s filter trap small particles, restoring your pool’s sparkling blue water. Check your local pool supply store for a clarifier of your choice, and follow the instructions indicated on the label. When clarifying your pool, it is important to keep in mind that you should never add more than is directed to speed up the process. This could actually end up slowing things down, leaving you with more days of cloudy water.
Step 4: Brush
Once you have completed the first three steps, it’s a good idea to give your pool a thorough brushing. This helps ensure any leftover particles have been removed, and it’s also a great way to prevent algae and grime build up on your pool’s surfaces. Check to make sure your brush is in good condition, without any worn-down bristles, and take some time to give your pool a good scrub.
Within a few days, your pool will look as good as new, and be ready for your next swimming event. For help restoring your pool’s sparkle after a party, give the professionals at Champions Pool Repair & Service a call. We’re the leading name in Spring, Texas, for professional pool service.