Having a healthy pool or spa with clean water requires regular maintenance to keep the water chemically optimized and also to collect dirt and particles form the water.
The water in your pool needs to be tested regularly, at least once a week, and treated accordingly with chemicals. If you carry out regular maintenance, you only need to check pH and chlorine every week. Test monthly for alkalinity, calcium hardness, stabilizer and total dissolved solids. If you notice staining on the walls then you also need to check for metals such as copper or iron.
Dirt and Particles
The cleanliness of your pool or spa depends on the circulation and filtration system. The filter needs to be cleaned regularly and the filtering medium replaced according to the instructions of the manufacturer. Vacuuming and brushing the pool will cut down on the amount of dirt getting onto the water.
Common Pool Water Problems and How to Fix Them:
- Chlorine Gets Rid of Chlorine Smell
This actually means that there is not enough chlorine in the pool and that you have chloramines which are a by-product of chlorine. The problem can be solved with a chlorine shock treatment or other pool sanitizer to disinfect and dissipate the offending compound.
- Consistency Clears Cloudy Water or Algae
The presence of algae is a common problem which raises the pH of the pool water and makes the chlorine less effective. Algae can cause staining, foul odors and tastes, cloudy water or green water. Algae can be treated with chlorine or algaecide. If you have a mineral sanitizer installed this could mean that you need a refill. Future growths can be prevented by keeping chlorine levels constant.
- Avoid Burning Eyes with a Sanitizer
Burning eyes or skin are a sign that there is a problem with pH level, total alkalinity or calcium hardness. Testing and correcting these levels should eliminate the problem. However, for some people, normal levels of chlorine also cause irritation; in this case a pool sanitizer can be installed which means the pool will require 25% less chlorine.
- Keep Illness Causing Bacteria at Bay
Gastric problems can be a sign of bacteria and virus contamination in the water. Though hard to avoid, this can be treated with chlorine and other sanitizers which combat the problem specifically.
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