We have taken several calls over the past 2 weeks regarding the dust that has hit Cyprus and how to deal with it.
Many people will advise either using a flocculant to promote the dust to the bottom of the pool or leave the filter running for 24 hrs. Unfortunately, the dust is “dust” not sand or dirt. This means the particles are suspended in the water and a quick fix is not the solution. For example; if you run your vacuum over the ground to clean, over 50% of the dust is spread again into the water. This means the dust simply disperses in the water again and the following morning the pool looks dusty.
- As the dust is a fine dust the most effective way to remove is simply switching your pool pump off for a few days (or until the dust storm is gone). And, allow the dust to slowly sink to the base of the pool and vacuum to waste very slowly. Repeat the following day and the water should be clear. Yes, you can promote the speed by the addition of the flocculant, but this is an extra cost at this time of the year that is really not necessary. Remember if you use a flocculant you must vacuum to waste and flush the filter before putting back into filtration.