Using A Clarifier To Clear up Cloudy Water

Should I Use A Clarifier And will it Work?

We know all swimming pool owners love to see their water sparkling, brilliant and shimmering like crystal clear glass. But if your pool water looks a bit dull and slightly cloudy you may wonder, “how in the heck did it get like that and should you use a clarifier?

First of all, there are different types of clarifiers available. Some work better than others depending on the severity. Also, there are several explanations for water clouding up. One of the main reasons is the lack of understanding of the filtration system and chemical balance.

Before Adding A Clarifier To Cloudy Water Check Your Chemical Levels And Filter

A number of different chemical agents work together to help maintain your water. But these 3, FC– Free Chlorine, PH– Acidity/Alkalinity and TA– Total Alkalinity are the most important and really need to be in balance.

Check the filter cartridge and make sure it is clean and running enough hours per day (usually 8). Check the pH level and make sure it is correct. The standard recommendation is between 7.2 and 7.6, depending on your area. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for your pool. It may need to be a bit higher.

Other Reasons For Cloudy Water

Here is another reason for cloudy water. You may have issues because of the pump compatibility for the capacity of your pool filtration system. If it isn’t the right size it will not be sufficient to carry the load. This will certainly cause problems for the circulation. Also, an undersized or an inadequate pump and filter could end up costing you more for chemicals.

Another reason is that the chemicals you are using or the amount used may cause cloudiness. Especially if the chlorine level is to low and overly adding too many different types of product.

Should You Use A Clarifier? Does It Work?

When would you use a clarifier? For instance, if all chemical levels are correct and the filter is clean, then yes, use it to brighten up your water for an event. Does it really work? The answer is Yes! It will work short term. But you shouldn’t have to add it all the time if your equipment and chemical agents are working properly.

When you can’t figure out the proper chemical levels or type of clarifier to use, find a reliable professional pool person to help you, not a salesman at a pool store.

If you don’t have a knowledgeable pool person to contact, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to help and can assist you with any of your concerns.