You had your heart set on a dip in the pool, but now you are wondering if cloudy pools are safe. The quick answer is, "NO!" Cloudy pools are not safe, and no one should be allowed to swim in a cloudy pool until it is clear. Let's learn about this common pool issue.
Before we discuss the dangers of cloudy pool water, let's explain the causes so you’ll know how to treat it.
If you have a cloudy pool, close it until you have clear water. When owning a pool, remember - “Safety First.” A chemical imbalance can cause cloudy water. Harmful bacteria, including E. coli, can grow if your pH levels are not balanced.
More importantly, when the pool water is cloudy, you cannot see clearly to the bottom. Reports in the US cite cloudy water as the reason for 10% of drownings. Visibility is necessary when people are using a swimming pool.
Before starting your resolution journey, ensure you have all the necessary supplies.
The exact treatment may change depending on your situation; however, these supplies should cover the most common scenarios, such as insufficient sanitizer levels or too many dissolved solids in the water due to inadequate filtration or circulation. You're ready to begin once you have all these items on hand!
If you have difficulty keeping your swimming pool water clear, call Aquaman Leak Detection. Our licensed contractors will help identify why your pool water is cloudy and provide you with solutions to get you back swimming in no time.
How long does it take to clear a cloudy pool?
The time it takes to clear a cloudy pool can vary depending on the steps taken. For example, if you decide to use a clarifier, it should take no more than 24-48 hours for your pool water to become crystal clear. The clarifier works by coagulating small particles to be filtered or vacuumed out of the pool. It is also important to note that manual vacuuming and backwashing of filter media are often necessary before using a clarifier because they help remove particles suspended in the water column.
What if my pool is cloudy, but my chemicals are fine?
If the cloudiness of your water is not due to a chemical imbalance, cleaning your filter is the recommended first step to address the issue. For a sand filter, this involves performing a thorough backwash and rinse. A cartridge filter involves removing the cartridge and rinsing it off with a hose.
Is it OK to swim in a cloudy pool?
Cloudy pool water may be the result of a chemical imbalance. When this is the case, contaminants like pool algae will grow. It's best to identify the cause before determining if swimming is safe.
What does baking soda do for a cloudy pool?
Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) has a pH level 8, meaning it is naturally alkaline. If your pool water cloudiness comes from imbalanced chemicals, baking soda will help clean up that murky pool water.
This article was originally published in February 2019 but has been updated for accuracy and freshness.
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