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If you’re experiencing issues with your pool water like green or cloudy water, excessive eye or skin irritation while swimming, or unusually high chemical usage, our problem solving guide might be able to provide you the solution! Always ensure you’ve accurately tested your pool water before removing pool water or adding chemicals according to our guides below. Accurate water testing can help you diagnose common water chemistry problems faster and counteract them with the correct quantities of a given treatment or chemical.
Possible causes of cloudy pool water include:
Depending on your specific issue, one of the following treatments may resolve your cloudy pool water:
Possible causes of scaling on your pool can include:
Depending on your specific issue, one of the following treatments may resolve your scaling:
Possible causes of high chlorine usage in your pool can include:
Depending on your specific issue, one of the following treatments may help resolve excessive chlorine usage:
If your pool water is causing your eyes or skin to be irritated, there are a couple possible causes:
Depending on your specific issue, one of the following treatments may help prevent eye and skin irritation while swimming:
If metal components of your pool are corroding, your pH levels are likely too low. Use a pH up product to balance your pH levels to the desired range of 7.2 – 7.8, and these issues should cease.
If your pH levels are erratically jumping from low to high or viceversa, your total alkalinity levels are likely too low. Testing and adding an Alkajuster product as required should resolve erratic pH levels in your pool water.
If your pool is experiencing staining or off-coloured water is present, you likely have a high concentration of metal particles in the water. Adding a sequestering agent like a Stain and Scale product can help remove these concentrations and restore clear pool water.
If your pool water has visible algae growths present, your chlorine level is likely too low. Should this be the case, superchlorinate with a shock product and add an algaecide as required to remove and kill the visible algae.
Black algae spots often occurred when chlorine levels are too low. To remove them, you can do one of the following:
If your water test or testing strips are showing a high chlorine level, but cloudy water is present in the pool, there are a couple possible causes:
Depending on your specific issue, one of the following may help correct this issue:
If you have successfully diagnosed the cause of your pool water chemistry issue and are ready to tackle the problem, use the links below to shop our selection of pool chemicals, including chlorine and shock products, algaecides, pH up and down, stabilizers and more. We have Canada's largest selection of swimming pool chemicals and chemical kits online in stock and ready to ship!