How to Treat and Prevent Cloudy Water

Cloudy pools may occur due to a number of reasons. Cloudy water largely occurs because of poor water balance, lack of circulation, poor filtration or the depletion of chlorine/bromine. It can also occur due to dead algae, dirty or old filter sand, excessive debris in the pool or leaving solar blankets on for extended periods of time. Here are some tips to keep your pool clear in the first place, and a detailed action plan of what to do if cloudiness does occur. 


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    Bring a sample into Buds for a water test and receive clear directions on what to do and take the guesswork out of it!

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    Remove solar blanket from pool and keep it off.

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    The pool must circulate for 24 hours a day until it is clear. Timers are not recommended when having pool water problems.

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    Clean all debris from pump basket and skimmer basket.

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    Direct return jets downwards at 45 degree angle in the same direction.

WHAT TO DO WHEN WATER TURNS CLOUDY? If your water is already cloudy, not to worry! Adjust chlorine to acceptable levels and then choose one of the following options to get your pool back into pristine condition in no time! 

  1. Option A: Add 50 ml of SPARKLE (for cartridge and sand filter) per 10 000 L of pool water. Walk along the poolside staying mainly in the deep end. Do not use more then the required amount as this chemical may lose efficiency and cause cloudy water. Backwash when the filter pressure rises 8-10 psi or after 48 hours, whichever comes first.
  2. Option B: Use Solution 48 Kit as per instructions. This is the ideal choice for Buds any time we can't see the bottom of the pool or if algae is present. As a careful blend of the right products, this kit has everything you need to clear your pool, guaranteed. We BELIEVE in this product so much we are offering an instant rebate of $15 on your purchase starting July 3rd, 2023 while quantities last.
  3. Option C: Add Clarita clarifying tabs directly into the skimmer and backwash 12 hours later unless otherwise directed (like in the Solution 48 in Option B).
  4. Ensure sanitizing systems are working effectively (i.e. chlorinators/brominators are not clogged; salt chlorinators do not have scale build-up and are generating adequately).
  5. As soon as the pool clears, be sure to chemically clean your filter using Filter Cleaner.
  6. Filter sand should be changed approximately every 3-5 years, if the filter is being chemically treated on an annual basis.
  7. Filtration, circulation, cleaning and chemical balance are extremely important in maintaining a clear and problem free pool. Be sure to test your water on a monthly basis  to help keep every day clear and swimmable all season long!
  8. Always ensure pump and filter systems run continuously during all treatments! Every pool should be treated weekly to maintain sparkling, clear water.