10 Common Pool Problems- When you are thinking about getting into swimming, there are many things to consider. Swimming is a terrific activity for both adults and children because it can be done for short spurts or entire days. If your family includes children, pool safety is also essential.
Pool environments can be havens for children and often offer them hours of entertainment without the harmful consequences of other common activities such as television or video games. This post will cover ten common pool problems and how to avoid them, so your swimming experience is safe, happy, and, most importantly, fun!
One of the most common pool issues is that people leave behind a chlorinated residue in their swimming pools when they are done using it. This residue makes it difficult to draw clean water from your pool’s skimmers and filters because chlorine is corrosive to metal.
If this problem persists without getting fixed, eventually (and often quickly), your water starts reacting with the metal and corroding pipes which could cause leaks in your home or pool area.
After your swimming pool has been filled and used for a few days, you might be surprised by an unpleasant, sometimes overpowering, odor. The most common scent is a rotten egg smell because of hydrogen sulfide gas which forms when certain anaerobic bacteria break down dead organic matter in your pool’s water.
It can linger for several days after the problem starts, and if not treated right away, it will grow worse until it becomes completely unbearable. Most people start to notice it after the chemicals have run their course and the balance gets out of line.
You might notice that your swimming pool’s water seems to be dirty, maybe even cloudy. That is a sign of build-up on the bottom of the pool and should be attended to quickly, as it can lead to excessive algal growth, slime, and algae growth on equipment and furniture in your home is appropriately ignored.
The main culprit is everyday dirt, dead leaves, grass clippings, and other organic matter that accumulates along the bottom of your pool. You should clean it out frequently with a hose or vacuum, or better yet, use a cheap suction cleaner that attaches right to the skimmer inlet and cleans the debris from deep within your pool. We recommend these for all pools of any size that are in use.
To protect your pool equipment, you need to ensure your pH level is appropriately balanced and constant. Water that is too acidic can corrode metal, and as a result, your pool equipment can start to rust. Anything from swimmers to your skimmer can rust if their pH levels are out of range.
You should continuously monitor the water in the pool and adjust it up or down as necessary until it balances itself out. If you must balance the pH before adding chlorine to keep your pool service company happy, you may be ending up with a less than desirable swimming experience pretty soon.
If you do not have any circulation, your pool water can start to stagnate, which is unpleasant to swim in and look at and keep clean. That causes your pool’s water chemistry to reach a point where it becomes difficult to manage and monitor. There are different ways that circulation can be achieved in your home pool.
You could use a pump and filter system (depending on the size of your pool), an automatic chemical dispenser, or an automatic robotic cleaner. The first two options will cost you more money upfront but will pay for themselves over time as they save you time and money on chemicals that would otherwise be used as part of a more manual approach.
The last option allows you to clean more frequently and automate your cleaning process with a robotic cleaner that will even work at night when it would be too difficult or dangerous for you to do so.
This can happen when people lean up against the wall too much or are not flush with the wall. Make sure that you are not leaning against your pool wall or skimmer to fix this problem. The aforementioned reasons for this problem are the same as all previous problems (overuse, age, and overuse).
If you find these cracks on the step, you can always replace them with a new one. If you have aluminum steps in your pool, they can be easily damaged if they get banged up or cracked.
Noise can indicate that your pool filter is not maintained correctly. If your pump is making a loud noise when it is running, and it is not supposed to, check to see if any particles are clogging the pump or its impeller (the part that turns). Make sure that everything is cleaned out regularly and it has enough lube.
When changing your filter, remove it from the skimmer deck immediately because it could leak onto the floor, causing much damage (and a louder racket!)
Cracks in the skimmer wall can happen from overuse, age, and excessive pressure from above. To fix this problem, increase the pressure on top of your pool wall to prevent other people from leaning against it.
If you find cracks all around your skimmer holes, you need some new tiles or a replacement wall of aluminum. Ensure that you are using your skimmers regularly and adequately when they are not in use (a weekly backwash will help with this).
Sludge comes out of skimmer holes when they are clogged with debris or when there is too much pressure from above (put some weight on top, so people do not lean against the wall). To fix this problem, clean and oil your skimmers regularly. If you find sludge or slime coming out of your skimmer holes, you may need to replace them or repair them by opening them up and cleaning out any debris.
You may find this problem when vacuuming near the skimmer intake screen because algae like to grow there. To fix this problem, clean and oil your skimmers regularly and make sure they are not plugged (or possibly covered in debris). If you find green stains or spots on your intake screen, then more than likely, you need an entirely new intake screen to prevent these problems from happening again.
A pool can offer you an intriguing way to spend some time with family and friends. However, if you are new to the pool or have an existing pool, it is critical to know the ten common pool problems you should be aware of before starting.
Issues such as chlorine residue, swimming pool odor, sediment build-up, stagnant water, and cracks around skimmer holes can cause severe damage to your pool and even lead to money issues.