We know how having a pool has its fun and many benefits, but that comes with a price if you don’t take care of it well. Numerous problems can occur if you don’t take care of your pool properly, so it’s crucial to be aware of the common swimming pool issues and how to prevent them.
Common Swimming Pool Issues
Having a swimming pool is a ton of fun, but you will need to ensure it’s maintained regularly. This means making suitable investments like a pool deck cover, electric pool covers for inground pools, and the like. These are known to protect your pool from debris and elements.
While some pool problems are inevitable, there are ways to prevent them from occurring. Here are the common swimming pool issues to watch out for, what to do, and some preventative tips to follow:
Your Pool Goes Green
Your pool is going green, but that’s not an eco-friendly thing at all! If you begin seeing green, that likely means your pool has an algae build-up. That comes from neglecting your pool’s cleaning and maintenance needs.
Once your pool turns green, it’s time to have its services. While algae aren’t uncommon in pools, it’s preventable through using appropriate pool chemicals and regular cleaning.
But once your pool starts experiencing algae growth, we recommend shocking your pool. That means giving it a massive dose of chlorine then cleaning up excess algae using your pool brush. The pool filter will handle the rest.
Overused Pool Filters
Your pool filter ends up being clogged and dirty, which means it’s working. But that’s not the worst problem, though it can lead to that if left ignored. That’s why you must clean your pool filter regularly to have it work excellently.
Think of it as cleaning your air-conditioning filter. If you leave it clogged and dirty, then it will have to work even harder, to the point it ends up getting damaged. Prevent that from happening by checking and changing your filter often or backwash if you have a sand filter.
Scratchy Pool Surface
Have you ever gone out of your pool, noticing sore and bloody toes or other body parts? That’s worse than it sounds, and it most likely comes from a scratchy pool surface. You can’t ignore this as it’s a safety hazard for swimmers.
Scratchy surfaces can come from whoever installed the pool and the material used. But it’s more likely your pool is experiencing calcium build-up, which can also cause scaling.
There are two types of calcium build-up issues:
- Calcium carbonate – This causes white, flaky scales to appear in the pool. Fortunately, it’s easier to remove through scrubbing, calcium remover, or pumice stone.
- Calcium silicate – This causes white-gray scales to appear and is much worse. It can appear because of a leak in the pool foundation, with build-up noticeable in other areas. This build-up takes even longer to form and most likely has been around for a long time.
While calcium silicate and carbonate have similar cleaning treatments, the latter will be easier to remove since they have lighter deposits.
Prevent calcium build-up from happening by testing your pool’s calcium levels. It must be about 200-400 ppm.
If you notice your pool water seems a bit cloudy, there are several reasons to consider. It may be your pool’s environment, as pools open to nature and the elements tend to have a cloudier appearance. It can also come from a clogged filter since it needs to work harder in pools exposed to the weather.
If your pool is screened-in and well-covered while your pool filter is clean and working excellently, it might be the pool’s chemical levels. You might have added too many chemicals to clean or shock your pool! Check the pH elves to see if that may be the case.
Stained pools are dirty pools. If you still notice annoying stains even after cleaning your pool, it might be something else.
Stained pools can come from rust from cracks in the pool foundation or excess metal in the pool. If so, inspect the pool’s interiors and exteriors to identify the source.
Do you or other swimmers suffer from irritated or burning eyes, throat, or skin after swimming? Then your pool is in dire need of treatment. pH imbalance can cause irritation, particularly from chloramines (chlorine and ammonia).
Have your pool water tested, and make sure to maintain the proper pH levels, which are between 7.2 to 7.6. Anything above or below that range can cause burning and redness, as our bodies can’t handle the chemicals.
Cracks in the pool can be foundational or structural, resulting in a ton of issues. You first have to identify the source of the crack and seek professional advice, as you can’t DIY this. Also, a crack in the pool may or may not mean your pool is leaking.
Wrapping It Up
Now that you know more about the different swimming pool issues, it’s time to take the proper preventative measures. Don’t let your pool come across problems that can waste a lot of time, money, and effort!