Cleaning Pool Water

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 20, 2013)

Cleaning pool water can often seem to be more of an art, than a science. There are times when it seems that no matter what you try, the pool just won't get clean, or stay clean once you have cleaned it. What many people may not realize though, is that this is actually a fairly common problem, and not one that you should allow to stress you out. Here are some of the most common methods for cleaning pool water, when all else fails.

  • Cyanuric acid. There are times when chlorine alone will not do the job when cleaning pool water. You can recognize these situations easily, just pay attention to how much chlorine you are putting into your pool. If you find yourself putting in more chlorine than you should be, chances are that this is due to the chlorine dissipating too quickly in the sunlight. Try using a chlorine loss retardant called cyanuric acid that can be purchased at pool supply stores. Just be sure that you are following the directions properly though.
  • Check your filter medium. One of the prime culprits in dirty pool water is going to be the filter medium. If you do not periodically check, and replace your filter medium, then you will quickly find yourself playing a guessing game when it comes to cleaning pool water. Be sure that you refer to your owner's manual on the proper method for how to check your filter, as well as how to change it.
  • Professionally test the water. A great method for determining the best way to go about cleaning pool water is to get it professionally tested. Simply collect a sample of your pool water in a clean one-quart container and take it to the pool store. The professionals at the store will be able to test the water, as well as suggest which chemicals may work best to help you in getting that pool clean. However, be sure that you are also following the manufacturer's directions when adding any new chemicals, you don't want to cause more damage accidentally).
  • Check your suction line. One common cause for having difficulty in cleaning pool water, that there is a problem with your suction line. If you have a leak in this line, it could possibly create a back flow situation where the dirty water ends up contaminating the rest of your pool, instead of getting cleaned. If you find a leak, then you need to get it repaired as quickly as possible, or the situation will never get resolved.
  • Seek professional help. If you have tried every other method, and nothing seems to work, there is one option left for you: Call the professionals. When you call in the professional though, be sure that you tell him everything that you have tried up to now, and what the results were. This will help save time, which always means saving money when dealing with a repairman. If nothing else happens, you will soon have no problem with cleaning pool water again.

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