Common Pool Problems And How To Prevent Them

An inflatable ring floating in a pool, highlighting common pool problems.

Having a swimming pool at home does not only serve as a mere amenity but a place where the family can spend time together and have fun and relax. It’s also a place to rendezvous with friends and a tool for exercise to achieve a healthy body. But what if your pool starts to build up algae and emit a strong chemical smell, causing your eyes to get red after your swim? All these are signs of a dirty swimming pool.

Cloudy Pool Water

When you’re ready to dive to do your morning pool workout, second thoughts could hold you back because the water is not clear and some foreign particles went in ahead of you. A cloudy pool is due to several reasons, but mainly it is a result of faulty pool filters, unbalanced chemical levels and dirt, which can cause RWIs or recreational water illness like diarrhea, rashes, ear infections, respiratory infections and eye and lung chemical irritation.

Here’s what you can do to get rid of cloudy water in your pool:

  • Balance the pH and chlorine levels
  • Monitor the TA (total alkalinity) and accumulation of phosphate and bromine, as well as imbalanced stabilizers like cyanuric acid
  • Clean the skimmer and pump baskets regularly
  • Make sure you regularly clean, backwash and appropriately replace the DE and cartridge filter medium
  • Take out foreign particles and algae
  • Clean your pool after a rain

Common Pool Problems: Algae in water.

Irregular And Poor Pool Maintenance

Clean your pool regularly to keep it operational at all time. Stagnant water becomes cloudy just after days without proper circulation.

  • Check the drains regularly to clear the passage from possible debris blockage
  • Prevent algae by keeping the right chemical balance and brush off walls and floors once a week to get rid of any accumulated growth
  • Run the pool filter 24/7
  • Do a skim and vacuum and check the water level every day to avoid serious problems like the illnesses noted above
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Dust, Sand And Sediment Accumulatio

Some debris may be seen floating on the surface of the pool, but some are so fine that they can be hardly seen by your naked eye. Use the proper tools to get rid of each of these foreign objects in your pool:

  • Leaves, bits of paper or plastic must be removed at once using a pump and a filter to ensure the water circulates well
  • Make sure that your filter is intact with the necessary content of sand and diatomaceous earth which block small particles and odors
  • Use a stiff brush to thoroughly clean the walls and floors, with or without water in the pool
  • Vacuum to remove collected debris at the bottom
  • Give attention to the filter as fine debris can accumulate in it and hold up its ability to eliminate particles in the water
  • Empty the skimmer flap, rinse it thoroughly, set the filter to backwash and turn the pump on
A swimming pool with a blue tarp covering it experiencing common pool problems.
dust in pool

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