Fixing Common Pool Problems

by Pool Builders on 08-05-2012 in Articles

Swimming pools offer fun and relaxation, when the summer heat might normally make life miserable. Unfortunately, pools require maintenance to keep them attractive and clean. Occasionally, consistent maintenance habits aren't enough to prevent problems from occurring. If you've noticed any of the following problems, there are a few things you can do on your own to return things to normal.

When water appears foamy

Sometimes, pool owners may notice that their water appears somewhat foamy. Foam can come from many different sources; however, most often, it is caused by dissolved skin cream, shampoo, soft water or an algaecide. Although this problem tends to be much more common in hot tubs, which host more people in smaller amounts of water; it can also occur in smaller swimming pools. Typically, you will notice the foam building along the sides of the pool. When this occurs, the first step is to balance the water. Normally, this should solve the problem; however, if it fails to make a difference, you can purchase a de-foamer at a pool supply store.

When water looks milky or cloudy

Murky water is a common problem associated with outdoor pools. Unfortunately, determining the cause can be somewhat difficult, since several different things could be to blame. Before you call in a professional, try the following in the correct order.

  • Check disinfectant chemical levels; add more disinfectant if they appear to be low.
  • If the pool contains adequate chlorine, check to ensure that the pump is functioning correctly. Look for a triggered circuit breaker or loose wire that might prevent it from operating.
  • Look closely at your hair and lint strainers to ensure that they are not clogged.
  • Check to ensure that the strainer lid isn't loose.

When water looks somewhat green

Green or blue-green water is typically caused by algae; however, it can also be caused by the presence of trace metals. Often, this occurs when copper leaches from heating elements or old, corroded pipes. If you've treated the pool for algae, but the color hasn't changed; try using a sequestering or chelating agent.

When the water contains sand

After a while, swimmers may track dirt or sand into the pool; however, normally the filter will remove most of it. If it isn't doing the job, it may be because the pump is over-sized or the lateral is cracked. This can be a big problem, because sand can cause serious damage to sensitive pool components. Unfortunately, you will need to call a professional to address a problem of this magnitude; however, the cost shouldn't be too high as long as you don't wait until serious damage occurs.

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