Troubleshooting Swimming Pool Problems

Posted by Tim Roadnight
Troubleshooting Swimming Pool Problems

Troubleshooting Swimming Pool Problems

Diagnosing pool problems can be hard especially on your own. Without a professional team to manage your pool and its issues, seeing algae or water loss can be worrisome in such a large investment. This will be a quick post about troubleshooting your issues and whether or not you can handle it on your own.

Doing pool maintenance on your own can save you some money, but it can also cost you lots of money in the long run due to chemical imbalances, structural issues, and equipment malfunctions that result from a lack of knowledge and skill in maintaining a pool. Sometimes, it’s just better to call a professional to make sure an issue has been resolved instead of covered up.

Common pool problems

Algae – Algae is an incredibly common issue in most pools and it can also be one of the most stubborn issues to resolve. There are three types of algae that most people find in their pools: green algae, yellow algae, and black algae.

– Green algae are the most common and simplest to dissolve in your water. They float in the water and give it a green tint. These algae will slime their way on the pool walls and floor. Bad filtration and lack of sanitization are the culprits of the algae’s spread over your pool. Green algae can get into your pool from toys, floats, and evening bathing suits that have recently been in natural bodies of water like lakes, rivers, or ponds.
– Yellow algae are rarer and cause a sand or pollen-like look to your pool water. It’s more difficult to remove and more chlorine resistant.
– Black algae are the worst of all as their roots dig into concrete surfaces. Not only do they cause bad damage to your pool, but those deep roots make it the hardest type of algae to completely remove.

Green algae are probably the only ones of these that the DIYer can handle on his or her own. The other two are too hardy, resistant, and persistent to be handled by someone without the knowledge of pool maintenance.

Cloudy quality – The issue with cloudy, flat, dull, or opaque water is probably that the pool filtration system is malfunctioning or not being run long enough. DIYers can try to run their pool filtration system more but if the issue isn’t resolved, it might be time to call in professionals. The pool care specialist will check the pool filtration system to see if it can be fixed or if it needs to be replaced. Cloudy water can also be caused by a chemical imbalance or other environmental factors, but most commonly the filtration system is the culprit.

Water loss – Is it a leak or evaporation? A good method to check is by measuring your water loss over a 4 day period. Losing more than a quarter inch per day could be a leak and something definitely to be handled by the professionals. A leak in your pool can cause so many issues not only directly relating to your pool. Patio sinking, soggy spots in your yard, and seeing cracks are all worrisome and require immediate attention by pool care professionals. Do not put it off!

Equipment problems – Pool filtration systems, pool pumps, leaky pipes, and more can stress out the pool owner. Some of these equipment issues can be figured out by watching a video or reading an article online, but some of these issues can be bigger than they look. Before buying an entirely new pump for your pool, make sure to call a professional to check it out to be certain that it’s not something simple or easily fixable. Pumps can be hundreds of dollars, so it’s not a bad idea to get a second opinion especially if the pump isn’t that old.

Pool issues and problems can stump anyone, so make sure that your concerns are laid to rest by employing a knowledgeable Pool Knight to come and service your pool.