One of the most common questions we get during this time of year is: Why is my pool still cloudy? Why can’t I get my pool water clear? When you are a pool owner, you want your pool to be ready at any time for swimmers. You want your water to be clean and clear and problem-free. Sadly, there is no magical pool fairy that will come and clear your water. However, here are some suggestions if you have a cloudy pool.

Green Pool Water

You may have already shocked your pool. You may also have applied an algaecide. But when you look at your pool, you still see cloudy pool water. If that’s the case, and your pool is green, follow these steps. You are going to have to shock your pool again. Before you shock the pool, make sure the pH level is around 7.2. You want your pH level to be lower, so your chlorine has a chance to work properly. Shock your pool until the water turns blue-gray, then, brush the pool.

Also, check the bottom of your pool. If there is a lot of debris, such as leaves and dirt, your water will remain cloudy. That’s because algae love debris. Make sure you have vacuumed it all up.

Check Your Phosphates and Nitrates

Sometimes, the cause of milky pool water isn’t what you think. Phosphates and nitrates can also be the cause because they attract algae. If your phosphates and nitrate levels are high, your pool is going to be cloudy.

When Is the Last Time You Changed Your Pool Water?

Most people who own a pool know that, at some point, they will need to change the water. Usually, you should change the water every five years. However, if you’re having problems with cloudy pool water and algae, you may want to change your water. Over time, pool water can become contaminated with bits of algae and other microcontaminants. This is especially true if you can’t remember the last time you changed the water. Remember, changing your pool water is often less expensive than buying and using pool chemicals.

Other Pool Issues

What if your pool is cloudy but the chemicals are fine? There are other reasons your water might be cloudy. You may need to make sure your pool filter is running correctly and is the right size for your pool. Sometimes, you may need to change your pool filter to make sure you’re getting crystal clear pool water. You might also want to try a flocculent, such as aluminum sulfate. A flocculent makes sure any debris in your water that makes it cloudy settles on the bottom of the pool. Once the debris settles, you can vacuum it up, and your water should be clearer.

What About Saltwater Pools?

Many people think that saltwater pools are cloudier than chlorine pools. However, that is not the case. Your saltwater pool should be just a clear as a chlorinated pool. The water is usually a different color than a chlorine pool, however. If your saltwater pool is cloudy, your first job is to check the chemicals. Often with a saltwater pool, there is too much calcium, which causes the pool to cloud up.

In Need Of Help?

Are you pulling your hair out over your cloudy pool? Do you want crystal clear pool water as soon as possible? Then, give us a call. We would love to help! In fact, figuring out pool problems is one of our specialties! Contact Atlantic Pool & Spa in Lake Hopatcong, N.J., today, and let us take care of your pool headaches. That way, you can focus on enjoying your pool, rather than stressing over it.