Swimming pools let homeowners enjoy the summer, when intense heat makes most outdoor activities unbearable. Unfortunately, frustrating pool water issues can occur from time to time. If your pool has shown any of the following, there are some strategies you can employ to remedy the problem.
Cloudy or milky looking water is a common problem for pool owners. That said, assessing the source of the problem can be somewhat troublesome. Before you call in the professionals, there are some things you should check:
- Look at the chlorine levels; add more if they are low.
- Make sure your pump is functioning normally. If it isn't working, look to see if a wire is loose or check the circuit breaker to make sure it hasn't been triggered.
- Check the lint and hair strainers to ensure that they aren't clogged.
- Be sure the strainer lid is securely fastened.
- Green water
Greenish-looking water is commonly caused by algae; however, it may also be caused by trace metals, which can flake off old pipes or heating elements. First, use an algaecide to kill off any potential infestation. If that doesn't work, use a sequestering or chelating agent to address the presence of trace metals.
Over time, swimmers can track sand into a swimming pool. That said, the pool's filter should be able to collect much of this. If sand is collecting in the water, you could have a cracked lateral or your pump may be too large. Sandy water can damage important pool components; so it's important to address this problem before it's too late. In most cases, you will need the help of a professional to address this type of issue; however, the cost should be affordable as long as you don’t procrastinate and allow severe damage to occur.
Foamy water could come from a variety of sources, including shampoos, skin creams and other beauty products. It can also be caused by algaecides and soft water. In most instances, you can eliminate the problem by balancing the pool; however, in certain situations you may need to purchase a de-foamer from a pool supply store.