When you’re ready to take a swim, it can be disappointing to discover that your swimming pool water has developed a problem. Issues with water clarity can range from mild cloudiness to an intense green algae infestation.
Some people have higher standards for their water clarity than others, but everyone enjoys a swim in a sparkling clean pool.
Once problems begin with swimming pool water, it can take a lot of time and energy to get your water back in balance. Avoiding problems with your water is much easier than fixing them once they have developed. If you follow these maintenance tips, you’ll enjoy water that is perfectly clear and ready for a swim every day of the summer season.
Maintain the right chlorine levels
Chlorine is the sanitizer in your water and keeps bacteria and viruses from invading your pool and making it dangerous and unclear. Maintaining the right balance of chlorine in your swimming pool water can help you to prevent problems with clarity before they develop.
Be sure to regularly test and balance your chlorine levels to keep them between 1 and 3 parts per million (ppm). This is the ideal level to keep algae and clarity problems from developing. You’ll also be sure that your water is safe and clean for swimmers when your chlorine levels are in balance.
Keep your pH levels in balance
It can be easy to neglect the pH balance in your swimming pool. But, the right pH balance is very important in maintaining a clean and clear swimming pool. When the pH in your swimming pool water is out of balance, your sanitizers will not be able to work as effectively to protect your pool. When chlorine cannot work effectively, your pool is more likely to develop algae, bacteria and cloudiness.
Test and balance the pH in your water weekly to ensure your water is comfortable and that your chemicals can work as intended. A reading between 7.2 and 7.6 is ideal and will help to keep your water sparkling and clear.
Prevent algae growth in your pool water
Algae is a frustrating problem for swimming pool owners. Once algae has developed, it can be very hard to get rid of. Once you’ve had algae once, it is much more likely that it will reoccur in the future.
If you’ve had an algae infestation, it will take some time to completely treat and clean your swimming pool water to restore perfect clarity. Keeping your pH and chlorine levels in balance will help you to prevent algae outbreaks. But, if your swimming pool is prone to algae growth, you should also shock and treat your pool with algaecide weekly to keep your water clear.
Backwash your filter as needed
Your swimming pool filter plays a very important role in maintaining your water clarity. As water moves through the filter, it removes floating debris and small particles that can make your swimming pool cloudy. But, if your swimming pool filter is overloaded with dirt and debris, it will lose the ability to clean your pool water.
To make sure your swimming pool water is crystal clear, be sure to regularly maintain your swimming pool filter. For sand filters, this will involve regular backwashing when the reading on your pressure gauge rises. For anyone with a cartridge filter system, regular cleaning and cartridge replacement are important to ensure water clarity.
Skim your pool regularly
A lot of problems with water clarity actually begin on the surface of a swimming pool. Leaves, dirt and debris will blow into your water. Debris will usually float for some time before it becomes waterlogged and begins to sink. As this floating debris sinks, it can make your swimming pool water cloudy or cause discoloration.
By regularly skimming the top of your swimming pool, you can prevent this debris from entering your system and causing problems with your water. If your pool is located in a very leafy area, a swimming pool cover can also help to keep your water clear by keeping some debris out of the water.
Clear out your skimmer basket
Your skimmer basket traps floating debris and prevents it from entering your system. But, the leaves, dirt, and debris that sit in your skimmer can act as tea leaves do. Over time, they begin to break down and leak particles into the water, impacting clarity and colour.
Cleaning your skimmer basket prevents particles from clouding the water, and keeps old dirt and debris out of your pool system.
Keep your water at the right level
Your swimming pool system is designed to work ideally at a consistent water level. Be sure that your water isn’t too high or too low in your swimming pool. Too much water can make your sanitizers less effective, prevent your water from circulating correctly, and make your water more prone to clouding.
Too little water in your pool and your pump may not be able to run properly. This can prevent your water from being cleaned and circulated, and cause damage to your pump and system.
Run your pump correctly
Stagnant water is an attractive home to pests, wildlife, germs and algae. All of these things can cause problems with your water balance and swimming pool clarity. Your swimming pool pump keeps your water moving and allows you to avoid these issues.
It can be tempting to run your swimming pool pump infrequently to save on energy costs. But, it is essential that you run your pump for a minimum of 8 hours per day. This will allow your chemicals to function correctly, ensure your filter is able to clean your water and keep your swimming pool sparkling and clear.
Vacuum your pool weekly
Vacuuming the pool is very necessary for ensuring that you maintain water clarity. The sand, dirt and debris that build up on the bottom of your pool can be stirred up by swimmers and cause your pool to get cloudy.
Make sure you vacuum the bottom of your swimming pool thoroughly at least once a week to avoid any issues with water clarity. If you have a heavily-used pool, you may need to vacuum slightly more often to keep the pool sparkling. An automatic pool cleaner or robotic pool cleaner can help you to avoid vacuuming the pool without compromising on your water clarity.
Use clarifiers or flocculent as needed
If you have had a recent problem with algae or water clarity, it can be tough to get your pool back to the crystal clear sparkle you enjoy. Using a clarifier or flocculant can help you to sink any lingering debris and dirt in your swimming pool water to the bottom of the pool and allow you to vacuum it away.
Enjoy a crystal clear swimming pool every day
On the hottest days of the summer, having a perfectly maintained swimming pool is such a treat. Diving into cool, clear water can break up a summer day in the perfect way. Some people struggle to keep their swimming pool water clear. But, with the right maintenance, you can avoid algae, debris and cloudiness and keep your swimming pool looking its best.
It is always easier to maintain clean pool water than clear up water that has become dirty and cloudy. Be sure to follow these tips and you’ll be able to avoid issues with your swimming pool water before they develop