Swimming is a great form of exercise and entertainment, so having a pool in your backyard makes you healthier and keeps you prepared for when you have friends and family over for the weekend. They’re a great way to stay cool during the summer. Irregular swimming pool maintenance can lead to contaminated water and cause a variety of problems for you and your family. Here are a few things to check to see if your pool is in good condition:
- Algae: If there is algae in the water, then you’ll know immediately as it turns green. For these species to grow, the pH level of the water needs to be higher than normal, indicating that the chlorine in your pool is insufficient. If you use alternate sanitizers, then you need to make sure that your algaecide levels are up to par.
- Cloudy Water: The water in your pool becomes cloudy or milky when there are external particles in it. Usually, the filter removes external items that are not minute so if your water isn’t clear then there might be a problem with your filter. Make sure to clean out your filters regularly.
- Red Stains: Most pools are constructed using a metal foundation. If there are red stains on the pool walls then it means that the chemicals have been absorbed by the metal causing it to become rusty. If this happens, then it means that your pool wasn’t built properly in the first place and you probably need to get it re-finished.
- Scaling: Scaling occurs when there are too many minute metal particles present in your pool and they start to bind with the calcium in your plaster or tiles and crystallize. This problem is not common for pebble pools.
- Irritation: If your eyes turn red after a swim or your hair turns green then it indicates that the water has either too much chlorine or too much copper.
- Leaking: An average pool loses around 2 ½ inches of water in a week, depending on the use and the rate of evaporation. If you see that your pool is losing more than 3 inches of water a week after moderate use then there is a leak in your pool.
If you notice any of these problems, call a professional pool repair service immediately. You can find these services both online and offline with ease.