Five Common Pool Problems And How to Avoid Them

Five Common Pool Problems And How to Avoid Them

There are over 1.1 million backyard swimming pools in Australia and that number is set to rise.

But owning a pool is no small feat. There are a plethora of unexpected problems that can arise.

So to make life easier, we’ve compiled a list of five of the most common pool problems, and how you can tackle them.

Green Algae

Problem: A healthy pool comes with clear or blue water. But all too often owners encounter green pool water riddled with harmful algae. Algae will generally infest in pools that lack chlorine and can result in a long list of water-related illnesses.

Solution: As mentioned above, the main cause for green algae is a low chlorine level. So if your pool water is beginning to turn green, it’s time to call in the professionals. To future proof your pool, you need to ensure that you up your chlorine levels to prevent future algae infestation.

Clogged Filter

Problem: A clogged pool filter is another common issue pool owners face. In order to keep the water looking pristine, your pool uses a filter to circulate water and keep the gunk out. However, a pool filter will become clogged if you don’t clean your pool regularly. Objects like dirt, leaves, and bugs will clog up your pool filter and make it useless.

Solution: If you spot an unusual amount of debris in your pool, a clogged filter is likely the culprit. To rectify, simply clear out the filter. To avoid future clogs, it’s imperative that you clean your pool on a regular basis.

Chlorine Overload

Problem: We know chlorine is the best way to combat a green pool, however, too much chlorine can be dangerous. Eye irritation and difficulty seeing underwater mean your pool may have too much chlorine.

Solution: It’s critical that pool owners get comfortable with measuring how much chlorine is in their pool and keeping that level consistent and safe. Those a little weary about maintaining these levels are encouraged to leave it to the professionals.

High or Low pH

Problem: An unbalanced pool water pH can lead to an array of problems. Low pH water can cause the erosion of grout, stone, concrete and tiling. Meanwhile, a pool with a high pH – considered alkaline – can result in bacteria entering your pool, which can cause eye, throat and skin irritation.

Solution: The pH level can be established by testing your pool. In order to balance the pH you need to use pool chemicals. This again reiterates the importance of cleaning your pool on a regular basis.

Cloudy Water

Problem: There are three main causes of a cloudy pool: a clogged filter, the environment or pool chemicals. The pool filter is responsible for cleaning your pool and without it, you’re left with stagnant cloudy water. Factors like the environment also contribute to cloudy pool water. This includes people, weather, birds, trees and plants, as well as pool algae. Excessive levels of pool chemicals can also result in murky water. Large amounts of pH, high alkalinity and an abundance of calcium hardness can all cause this issue to arise.

Solution: Pool owners can take the following steps to eliminate cloudy water:

  • Clean or replace your pool filter
  • Keep your eye on pH and TA levels
  • Balance free chlorine (FC) levels
  • Remove algae
  • Correct calcium hardness (CH) levels
  • Clean out foreign particles and mineral deposits
  • Scrub and vacuum up the pool
  • Eliminate ammonia

Need Help Maintaining Your Pool?

Pool Central is a small family run business with over 30 years of industry experience. We are fully certified and insured and have a dedicated team of SPASA qualified swimming pool technicians.

We specialise in pool servicing to maintain your swimming pool throughout the year so it’s safe for you and your family. Click here to contact a Pool Central technician today.

How A Poorly Maintained Swimming Pool Can Affect Your Health

How A Poorly Maintained Swimming Pool Can Affect Your Health

There is absolutely no denying that swimming is good for your health and wellbeing. However, these benefits can be offset by a poorly maintained swimming pool.

Bacterial contamination and chemical imbalances are just some of the causes of water-related illnesses.

Let’s take a closer look

Bacterially Contaminated Pool Water

Germs love hanging out in swimming pools.

Pool water riddled with bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa can be a breeding ground for numerous illnesses.

Viruses such as hepatitis A and norovirus, bacteria such as Shigella species; E. coli and parasites like Cryptosporidium and Giardia are all a risk if you swim in contaminated water. Each of these can lead to ‘gastro’ like symptoms such as diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps. A contaminated pool can also cause a skin, eye, nose and ear infection.

These bacteria are unavoidable and are often introduced into water by human skin, hair and sweat.

Chemically Imbalanced Pool Water

Pool water needs to be chemically balanced in order to be safe.

Ignoring the right chemical blend could result in a range of issues including an abundance of tiny particles, high calcium hardness, algae, high alkalinity, low or high pH levels and low chlorine levels. A host of health issues can arise from these issues including eye, nose, ear and skin irritation.

Environmental Contamination

Pool owners who fail to use a pool cover can risk microbiological contaminants entering their pool. Dirt, dust, sand, falling leaves and animal droppings can all wreak havoc on the quality of your pool water and contribute to the number of health issues outlined above.
How to minimise the risks

How to Minimise the Risks

Pool owners can take the following steps to minimise risks:

  • Keep your pool water filtered and chemically treated
  • Test your pool water weekly during the summer season and fortnightly to monthly over the winter season.
  • Clean your pool at least once a week to keep it clean and uncontaminated
  • Keep all pool chemicals stored as recommended on the packaging
  • Do not use your pool if you are sick
  • Keep pets out of the pool
  • Shower or rinse your body before entering the pool
  • Avoid ingesting pool water

Need help with keeping your pool safe?

Pool Central is a small family run business with over 30 years of industry experience. We are fully certified and insured and have a dedicated team of SPASA qualified swimming pool technicians.

We specialise in pool servicing to maintain your swimming pool throughout the year so it’s safe for you and your family. Click here to contact a Pool Central technician today.