Diagnosing and Fixing Pool Tile Coloration Problems  

by Pool Builders on 09-05-2012 in Articles

Your pool's tiling will occasionally build up residue, gunk, organic material and mineral deposits, which can result in costly repairs if you let the problem go unchecked. Pool ownership requires ongoing maintenance and watching out for potential problems. However, you need to know what to look for in order to catch pool issues early before more serious problems develop. Here's what you need to know about basic pool tile coloration problems straight from pool care professionals that will help save you time and money.

Green Tile Coloration - You've probably run into green buildup a few times already. This is algae building up, and if you're consistently seeing algae issues, you probably need to check your pool's chemical content more often and add some more chlorine. To avoid permanent stains, you'll need to chemically shock your pool to kill off all of the algae. This shouldn't cost you much money, so take care of it right away and it will save you costly headaches down the line.

Brown Tile Coloration - Some algae has a brownish coloration, but mineral deposits can also cause brown buildup. This is a slightly more serious problem for your tiles, and you need to take immediate action to avoid permanent damage. Call a pool professional immediately to have the problem professionally diagnosed and repaired.

White Tile Coloration - If your tiles have a white, chalky build up, you've likely got magnesium and calcium deposits. These can occur naturally or due to low-quality grout work. Fortunately, it's an easy fix. Touch base with your local pool professionals and they can perform a quick acid wash that should have your pool looking brand new again.

You can avoid most tile issues with some regular maintenance. Check your pool's chemical levels regularly and perform a complete chemical shock at the start of every season. Be sure to check the chemicals again after a chemical shock to make sure that the water is safe before swimming. Vacuum your pool once per week and clean tile buildup by hand when necessary to prevent it from becoming a problem. Recurring pool tile problems should be treated right away by a professional. If you have to replace your pool tile, you can expect to pay anywhere from $20-40 per foot, so performing some routine maintenance and calling in a professional maintenance service like Road Runner Pool Service once or twice per season is a much less expensive option.

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