Having a pool installed in your backyard is a wonderful luxury, but it does not come without hard work and a few headaches from time to time. In order to ensure you are getting the most out of your pool and not leaving yourself vulnerable to a lifetime of maintenance repairs, it is important to understand what all goes into caring for a home swimming pool. Regardless of how prepared you are when it comes to things going wrong with your pool, chances are you will face at least a couple common pool problems over the years. If you do find yourself in a situation where you are unsure how to proceed or what needs to be done in order to get your pool back to normal, please do not hesitate to contact Mid City Custom Pools. We are always here to answer any questions you may have and are happy to send a technician out if we can’t troubleshoot your problem over the phone.
With that in mind, we thought fall was a good time to look at the five most common pool problems and how to fix them. Knowledge is power, and it is our intention to help educate all our homeowners so they have the best experience possible with their pool. Things happen, and chances are you will experience some level of upkeep and perhaps a bump or two along the way, but having a pool in the privacy of your very own backyard is something that cannot be overshadowed by these hiccups. The best way to stay stress-free when it comes to owning and maintaining your Hurst swimming pool? Staying on top of any concerns! Here are five common pool problems, along with tips on how to fix them:
- Algae Has Taken Over – One of the most common problems pool owners face is algae affliction, both of the green, mustard, and black kind. An algae infestation is incredibly common and usually is due to low chlorine levels. How do you fix it? By performing a shock treatment using three times the normal amount of shock. In doing so, you are actually shocking the system and exterminating the unwanted algae.
- Clogged Filter – Another issue most pool owners face at least one time or another is clogged filters or valves. If you notice the pool is starting to build yucky debris and the filter is full, it may be time to perform some filter maintenance. Thankfully, it is super easy to clean out the filter and ensure this doesn’t become more of an issue. In addition to routine filter checks, it should be chemically cleaned at least once a year to make sure it lasts for many years to come.
- Foam Problem – We’ve all seen it before, all of a sudden the pool starts to look like a bubble bath or foam problem. When you notice white suds on the surface, it’s time to hightail it to the store for an anti-foam agent that will actually work. In many cases foam forms because of a poor algaecide, which is why it is important to purchase your algaecide from a reputable source, like Mid City Custom Pools.
- Mineral Issues – If you notice discoloration of your pool water (we’re talking a milky chocolate brown or gorgeous teal color) it means you have too many minerals in your pool. There could be many different causes for this, all of which can be righted with a little help from chemicals. If you notice the pool water turning brown, you likely have too much iron in the water, whereas pools with a copper problem typically go the teal route. Just head to your local pool store and ask for chemicals to remove minerals, or give us a call and we can help!
- Murky, Muddy Water – If you can’t see to the bottom of the pool, you have a problem. You should never look at your pool, only to be met with murky water that won’t even allow you to see to the bottom. There are numerous reasons this happens, namely from improper pH levels caused by acidic rain. The solution? Test the water’s pH levels and make any necessary adjustments.
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any concerns about your pool and need help with maintenance! We are here to help with all your Hurst swimming pools and outdoor space needs.