Even though owning your own pool has its benefits, it’s important to note that it also comes with great responsibility. You have to think about cleaning the pool, keeping up with the necessary repairs as well as preparing for seasonal changes.
However, this doesn’t mean that you’ll never encounter problems with your pool. Here are the common issues you’re likely to face as a pool owner and how to fix them:
If you notice that your pool is filled with green water, it is most likely that algae have grown inside your pool. This is usually a result of going a long time without cleaning your pool or testing the water.
If you keep finding yellow algae in your pool, it may mean that the chlorine levels have dropped below what is recommended. Fortunately, this issue can be easily fixed. All you need to do is to shock your pool and kill off the growing algae. This basically entails adding a large dose of chlorine to the water. After doing so, you can now brush off all the dead algae and vacuum the pool for it to return to its normal state.
Another issue you should look out for with your pool is that of cloudy water. When your pool is in perfect condition, the water inside should be crystal clear. There are a few different reasons for cloudy or murky water inside your pool.
This can be caused by poor filtration and circulation, heavy particle matter, poor water balance, low sanitizer, or even chloramines. For this reason, ensure that you clean the pump and filter, and balance the water’s PH.
You might find out that you added a lot of chemicals in your attempt to shock your pool. It’s better to run a pH test on your pool water and determine if you’ve overdone the chemicals and thus correct that.
Leaking pool liner
If you notice that the water level inside your pull is dropping a lot, it’s an indication of evaporation. This is one issue that requires your immediate attention, as it can worsen very quickly and be the source of high expenses depending on the severity of the leak. The first step you should take is to determine where the leak is. You can start by inspecting the piping and pools equipment. If you find out that they’re in good condition, the issue is likely with the pool’s liner. After finding the leak, you can fix it temporarily using duct tape. However, it’s very important to note that duct tape won’t hold the leak for long. For this reason, duct tape is merely a quick fix to buy time until you are able to replace your pool’s liner.
The water’s pH is too high or too low
The safest pH for your swimming pool’s water is between 7.2 and 7.6. Anything higher or lower than that is likely to cause irritation to anyone who uses the pools. You can determine the pH level of your pool’s water by using a pH testing kit.
If you find out that the pH level of the water is too low, ensure that you use pool chemicals to increase it. On the other hand, if the pH level is too higher, the best way to lower it is by adding muriatic or dry acid to lower it to the recommended levels.
Cracks on the pool walls
Cracks on your pool’s walls indicate a more structural and foundational fault. This issue is very common, especially in places with erratic weather conditions. It’s important to note that a DIY approach isn’t the best idea for such an issue due to the potential of the leak returning and/or worsening if not properly repaired.
For this reason, you’ll need to hire a professional to look into the problem and fix it for you. This is because they have the expertise to repair the cracks efficiently and help increase the lifespan of your pool.
The above issues are not as rare as you might think. For this reason, if you’re going to invest in a swimming pool, you need to be ready to take more responsibility in ensuring that it is in the best condition possible.