It’s easy to forget that swimming pools can sometimes be a source of headache for owners. Because pools help increase a property’s value, offer fun and entertainment, and promote family bonding, some owners can overlook the fact that, at some point, pools can give birth to a lot of problems. To paraphrase Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, “With great pools come great responsibility.” This is why proper pool care and upkeep is essential to ensure that annoying pool problems rarely occur.
Apparently, though, no matter how much you maintain your pool, some problems just love to crash the party. Here’s a rundown of some pesky pool issues you can come across with and ways to effectively deal with them to make sure they never interrupt your swim or your summer again.
1. Pool water turns green
Has your pool water turned green but not because of some fancy swimming pool light? There could only be one culprit to that: algae! Algae build-up is one of the common problems pool owners complain about. They can be carried to your pool by leaves, flower petals, rain and wind, and even by swimmers. But what actually leads to their growth and, eventually, the swampy lagoon look, is the insufficient levels of pool chlorine, which is supposed to kill algae. Thus, to keep algae at bay, make sure to brush clinging algae and super-chlorinate your waters.
2. Cloudy water
Cloudy water is to pools as fever is to humans – the problem is very common but the causes can differ thus, making diagnosis quite difficult. A cloudy pool water can be due to algae, low chlorine levels, pH levels, defective filter system, overuse, or debris from rain. To fix this, check your filtration system first to see if it’s working. Also check whether your pool chemicals are off balance. Find and adjust the pH, alkalinity and chlorine to its proper levels. But if all else fails, consider draining and refilling at least ½ of your pool water.
3. Nasty chlorine smell
If your pool reeks of a nasty, chlorine smell, it’s not because you’ve put too much chlorine in it; rather, you’ve put too little. The distinctive, irritating odour is due to the presence of chloramines, which form...