Common Pool Problems Solved

In this article we consider three common pool problems and provide some insight into how to solve them. As a general rule you’ll find that many problems the pool owners encounter will be the result of one of the three following factors. First chlorine levels that are too low, second not running the pump for long enough each day and third not testing and adjusting the water chemistry frequently enough.

If your water is taken on a greenish appearance, it’s most likely that this is being caused by an algal growth. Black spots on pool walls are another sign of an algal contamination. The first thing you need to do is to shock your pool using a good quality pool shock treatment. Also check that the pH readings fall within the recommended levels (7.2 to 7.6). Brush away any algae that is clinging to the pool surfaces and vacuum this away. It’s also a good idea at this stage to add an algaecide to the pool water.

If swimmers complain of eye and skin imitation this is the result of a buildup of combined chlorine compounds in the water. Also called chloramines these are a natural byproduct of the chlorine sanitation process. However they do need to be removed as they cause irritation and can be unpleasant smelling. All you need to generally do is to apply a pool shock treatment. If you would prefer to use a non chlorine shock, then read about your options here.

If you are noticing scale or opaque looking deposits on the pool surface then this is probably a sign of excessively hard water caused by an over accumulation of dissolved solids. If you test the pool water at this stage you’ll probably find that your pH and alkalinity readings do not fall within recommended levels. Adjust these accordingly using pH and alkalinity balancing chemicals. For a longer-term solution you may need to check the type of sanitizer you are using as this may be contributing to the problem, especially if you are located in a hard water area.