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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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