Swimming pool water needs constant attention to keep the water as clean and safe as possible for swimming. If there's a problem with the water, you'll know it at a glance. If you are new to having a pool in your yard, you might not understand all of the potential problems that can occur. Here are a few of the most common problems that you might encounter with your pool water and what you can do to deal with them.
Teal or Brown Water
If your pool's water has gone from clear blue to brown or teal, that's a key indication that the water has a high concentration of minerals. For example, too much iron in your pool water causes the water to turn brown. Copper in excess amounts can lead to a teal hue in the water. The best thing to do is have your water tested by a pool service to identify the exact mineral causing the problem. From there, you can have the water treated or filtered to clean it up.
If you look in the pool and can't spot the bottom through the murky, cloudy water, you probably have a pH balance issue. This can happen when it's been particularly rainy, because rain water can throw off the pH of your pool water.
Break out your pH test strips to assess the water. If the pH is over about 7.8, you should treat the pool with some sodium bisulphate to bring it down. Talk with a local pool service to find out how much to use based on the capacity of your pool.
To treat the pool, fill a bucket about halfway with water and add the sodium bisulphate to it. Mix it until it's dissolved and pour the whole thing into the pool. Run the circulation pump so that the water circulates and moves the liquid around. Test it again in a few hours and repeat if needed.
Foaming on the Surface
If you've treated your pool with an algaecide, it can lead to foaming on the surface of the pool. This typically happens if the algaecide you've chosen is lower quality. Treat the water with an anti-foaming agent to deal with the immediate issue. Once the foaming is cleared up, talk with your local pool service about what algaecide you can use in the future without the foaming effects.
Weekly chlorine treatments and routine water testing can help keep your pool clean and ready for a swim all season. If you don't have time to keep up with it, check with a swimming pool maintenance and service company about taking care of it for you.
For more information, contact Celebrity Pools or a similar company.