10 January 2017
How to solve some of the biggest problems with pools
Though a well built, well designed and well-maintained swimming pool should run perfectly week in, week out, occasionally even the most exclusive pools have problems. Luckily, in most cases, problems with swimming pools are easy to resolve. Requiring just a little intervention and some careful monitoring, fixing an issue with your pool should be relatively straightforward.
To help you identify the problem and get it resolved as quickly as possible, we’ve put together a list of the most common issues affecting private swimming pools, particularly if they are not serviced regularly.
One of the most common problems that pool owners experience with their swimming pools is algae growth. Unattractive and occasionally odorous, algae can be a problem in pools that are exposed to direct sunlight, that lack proper circulation and that have nitrates or carbon dioxide present in the H2O. Though the algae generally won’t do swimmers any harm, it’s unpleasant to bathe in and will become worse over time if left untreated.
If your pool water appears green, black, or mustard coloured, you’ll need to use a chlorine shock product to clear the algae. To ensure it doesn’t come back, check the pH balance of your pool and make sure your circulation system is working properly. Keep an eye on the pH level for a week or two after treating your pool to ensure the balance is just right.
Like algae, cloudy water isn’t dangerous for swimmers but it will make your pool look less inviting and less appealing. In general, cloudy water is the result of poor filtration and circulation. A very high level of chemicals in the water can also cause it to become cloudy. To avoid cloudy water ruining the look of your pool, shock your swimming pool every week with the right type and volume of shock for its size. It’s also worth having a look at the pump to ensure it’s working properly as a faulty pump can lead to poor filtration and circulation.
Another common problem with home swimming pools is foam build up. If you can see white suds on the surface of your pool or foam around the edges, this could be the result of poor quality algaecide. Changing the brand of algaecide you use in your pool should fix the problem.
If you see black, green, turquoise or brown spots on the bottom of your pool that don’t brush off when cleaned, this could be a result of metal staining, tannic acid or fungus. The first step in resolving this issue is to shock the pool to try and clear the contamination. If this doesn’t work you may need to drain the pool completely and have the surface completely scrubbed by a pool professional.
The best way to keep your pool in good condition is to have it regularly serviced by a professional. The pool service engineer will be able to spot any issues before they become serious problems and will keep your pool looking fantastic throughout the year. A great tip to take on board is ‘little and often’ – if you pay attention to the little things often, you will avoid these common problems, and ensure that your pool is always in great condition when you want to swim.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool maintenance, servicing and refurbishment, so if you have a pool that’s in need of regular maintenance or a facelift, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice. If you have an older swimming pool that needs upgrading, we suggest planning your refurbishment for the autumn, so all the work is done and dusted before the next swimming season.