Pool Owners Handy Guide: Common Pool Issues and Solutions
Owning a pool is a continual exercise in maintenance and care. You have an environment that could very easily become its own ecosystem, and this is something you have to take steps to prevent on a daily basis.
Any number of things can happen when you own a pool that can take time, money, and hard work to reverse. We’ve put together some of the more common problems associated with owning a pool, as well as some of the common treatments.
Most of your problems tend to start at the surface. This could be from bugs breeding in your water to leaves and other debris falling into your pool. This is fortunately an easy issue to fix, but if left unattended, can cause some serious problems down the road.
First, consider a cover for your pool. Not only will a cover prevent things from falling into your water, but many times they serve double-duty as solar heaters for your water. Beyond this, you will need to invest in a skimmer to clean up items that are floating on the surface of the water.
Finally, one of the savvy pool owner’s must-haves you will want to purchase is a quality pool vacuum. Whether you get one that you control or one that’s automatic is up to you, but make sure you have something on hand. It doesn’t take a lot before things build up on the bottom, and this can lead to clogged filters or broken filtration systems, as well as damage to your liner besides being unsightly.
Testing your water is a task that should be performed daily. Sadly, many pool owners just glance at their water and decide that’s enough.
You not only need to check the pH levels of your pool on a regular basis, but you want to make sure you’re doing it with a clean and reliable testing kit, and that you pay close attention to the chemicals you are using. Most of the time, testing problems can be traced back to human error.
Algae and Growths
Almost all algae can be traced back to improper pH levels in your water. If you have a poor treatment system, or if your filtration system isn’t up to snuff, then algae, both green and black, can grow in your water. This could be treated in a variety of ways, and depending on how severe the problem is, you may need to combine some treatments.
Some pools require a shock treatment of chlorinated chemicals, while a de-algae agent might do for others. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to explore several different solutions. Also, don’t be afraid to use your skimmer to remove large portions.
Pool water can be discolored from everything from pH levels to alkaline content, to contaminants in your pool. The first thing to do is check your pH balance and add the appropriate chemicals.
Beyond this, consider a partial drain of your pool to remove anything that chemicals wouldn’t fix, such as foreign particles. Finally, check your filtration system to make sure it isn’t broken, or that there isn’t something blocking the flow of water.
Your pool is more than just a body of water. It is a complex system that you have poured time and money into, so it doesn’t make sense to let it be overrun by murky water and algae. Take the time to treat your water and keep your filters up to date. Also, be sure to perform a daily cleaning of the water, both at the surface and at the bottom.
Pleasure Pools is delighted to offer maintenance services to our customers, and take the guesswork (emphasis on the WORK) out of pool ownership. Regardless of who performs the upkeep, it’s your haven, so treat it as such and you and your water should be in the clear.