Steps to Fix Cloudy Pool Water

Every swimming pool owner would like to have a clear, sparkling pool. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, homeowners find that their pool water has clouded over, which can look less than appealing. Not only is it uninviting, it could be breeding dangerous bacteria or damaging your pool and circulation system. To avoid expensive damage and potentially serious illnesses, take a look at these tips to eliminate cloudy pool water.

  • Find the cause

Pool water can go cloudy for a number of reasons. A few common causes include:

  • Chlorine is too dilute or concentrated
  • Low filtration efficiency
  • Too much calcium
  • High/low pH
  • Lots of rain


  • Test the water

Although you can see that the pool water is murky, you may not be able to tell what’s wrong with at a glance. To help find the cause, test your pool water. If there is a problem is the chlorine, pH or other chemical levels in your pool, adjusting those levels may be enough to correct the cloudiness.

  • Deep clean it

Remove large debris with a heavy-duty skimmer. Brush the walls with a stiff pool brush and then vacuum. If you think you’ve got an algae problem, vacuum to waste.

  • Shock it

To get rid of all of the harmful crud in your cloudy pool water, take steps to shock your pool. This dose of chlorine will eliminate cloudiness caused by bacteria, organic contaminants, and algae.

  • Clean or replace your filter

Keeping your pool’s filter clean helps it work more efficiently and improves the overall appearance of your swimming pool. During swim season, it’s not uncommon to use a commercial filter cleaner at least twice. If your pool’s filter is clogged up, the best option is to replace it with another one.

  • Schedule regular maintenance

Maintaining your pool throughout the season will not only keep the water looking great, it will ensure that the water is safe enough for anyone who wants to take a dip. For a healthy and sparkling pool, create a weekly maintenance routine. 

Talk to your pool cleaning specialist for assistance in keeping your pool cloud-free! At Sparking Clear Pool Service, we understand what it takes to keep a pool clean, sanitary, and well-maintained. Be sure to contact us on 214-361-0255 for all of your pool maintenance needs in McKinney, Allen, Frisco, and beyond!