By Costa Rica Pools & Construction
Cloudy water can be caused by a number of factors. It can be a symptom of inadequate filtration, pH imbalance, or inadequate chlorine levels. The cure depends on the cause. Inadequate filtration from failure to run the filter long enough, insufficient or inconsistent backwashing, or a dirty/ worn filter are the first potential causes to consider. If filtration is not the problem, pH is the next likely cause. pH is the one of the most important aspect of pool maintenance. When pH rises above 7.6, calcium precipitates out of the water in the form of scale or suspended particles that can cloud the water. Although not the same as pH, proper total alkalinity does help stabilize pH. If your total alkalinity is too low, the pH level will be very sensitive and may suffer drastic swings. A high alkalinity level, in addition to contributing to cloudy water and scaling, can keep your pH rigidly fixed.
- Checking the filter for worn or broken parts and replacing.
- Checking operating instructions and increasing filter running time to an 8-hour daily minimum.
- Backwashing your filter until a clear stream of water flows.
- Cleaning a dirty filter with filter cleaner.
- Adding ‘Sparkling Blue’ water clarifier to gather smaller particles into larger masses that can be filtered out of the water.
- The solution to pH imbalance is to add ‘CRP’ pH increaser or decrease according to label directions to achieve a pH level of 7.2 – 7.6.
Bring in a fresh sample of your pool water for a free analysis to any of our three stores Uvita, Quepos & Jaco.
Information provide by: Costa Rica Pools & Construction-located in Quepos-2777-1700 (across the street from the futball field next to Sansa) and in Uvita-2743-8200 (in the Dome Plaza across from Bridgestone), [email protected]