It’s time to fix your pool water’s problem, now that you know what might be causing your hazy water (see Part 1). It’s also time to implement a strategy to help stop cloudy pool water from happening again. We’ll take a look at each of the three fundamental approaches to solving the problem.
Apply a Water Clarifier
Because this chemical product gathers the minuscule particles and turns them into larger particles which your swimming pool filter will be more likely to pick up, a pool water clarifier is also known as a coagulant. Pool clarifiers are typically available for purchase in locations where pool chemicals are sold and are designed for consistent weekly use.
Employ a Flocculant
You could choose to employ a flocculant as an alternative to a coagulant. Also known as pool floc, flocculant causes the undesirable particles to cluster together in a manner similar to how a clarifier does. However, unlike a coagulant, a flocculant won’t aid in your pool filter’s ability to capture the clouding particles. The cloudy water violators are instead sent to the bottom of your pool. At the base of your pool, a large thick cloud then develops.
Of course, you’ll still have to contend with that enormous cloud. You’ll have to have on hand a manual pool pump to suction up that dirty cloud. Be certain to turn your filter to the “waste” or “backwash” setting before you vacuum the pool (or unplug the drain if you’re using a cartridge or DE filter).
Since you want to vacuum the murky water out of your pool, keep your garden hose on so that it can steadily keep the pool filled with fresh water while you vacuum. The cloud will be disturbed by automatic pool cleaners, resulting in increased water waste, so it’s wise to use a hand pool vacuum instead.
Even though the flocculant is quicker to use, the clarifier is simpler in some situations. The day before your big pool party, if you happen to notice that your pool is foggy, you now know that you do have a choice which can be implemented with minimal time.
Utilize the Bottom Drain & Filter System
The primary skimmer in your pool at the waterline is responsible for removing any surface water. You can either swim in the water or use a pool brush to stir the water in order to bring foggy particles to that skimmer. Your filter system will start to remove the particles as they approach the top of the pool. You can also activate the bottom drain or drains as another action. Clean water will circulate back to the top when the water is drawn from the bottom.
While each of the three approaches to clearing foggy, murky water has advantages and disadvantages, they all need some work. Do everything you can to prevent the problem in the first place through careful, ongoing maintenance of your pool.
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