By testing and correcting the above causes of cloudy water, the cloudy pool
water problem should disappear. Always use the proper Taylor test kit or test
strips from Taylor Technologies to
be assured of proper chemistry readings.
Algae are unsightly plant life that comes in a myriad of species and colors.
They are by far the most common irritants of swimming pool owners. Algae can
facilitate bacterial growth and therefore it is necessary to treat for algae
long before it become visible and definitely when it becomes visible. All algae
will make a high demand on chlorine. It will cost mush more in chlorine dollars
with algae than without. The prevention of algae is one reason pool service
professionals are so adamant about keeping your filters clean.
Most likely a lack of FAC
Free Available Chlorine and or Algae or a combination of both. If the
pool has been low or absent of chlorine for some time there is a good chance
the green color is coming from algae. The object is to prevent algae
blooms (visible algae). The more algae is visible in your swimming pool water
the more green or cloudy the water. Proper water chemistry can help prevent a
green pool and prevention is certainly more desirable than treatment. A proper
level of chlorine and properly balancing all other aspects of your swimming
pool water chemistry is a great algae deterrent.
your filtration system to make sure your filter is operating properly. If your
filter pressure is too high, and your filter needs to be cleaned, call a pool
service professional. Many injuries and deaths have occurred from filter
cleaning. Filters are under pressure and even some professionals have been injured
and killed from exploding filter lids. Your health and your life are more
important than a few dollars. Always use a pool service professional for pool
service and repairs.
determining and correcting the issue that caused the algae bloom you will need
to Shock your swimming pool water. Shock is highly concentrated dry chlorine.
Most pool service professionals recommend an algaecice
to treat green algae. Always follow the directions on the container if you do
not have a pool service professional.
algae or mustard algae is usually cause by poor filtration or improper water
chemistry. (See “Why is my Water Cloudy”) If you cannot determine the cause of
the algae bloom, after the proper tests are performed, contact a pool service
professional or take a sample of your swimming pool water to your local pool
supply store that have a professional water testing department.
algae, or mustard algae as it is called by some pool service professionals, are
again plant life. They can be resistant to large doses of chlorine and
therefore must be treated immediately upon a bloom. Brushing the yellow areas
with a pool brush before treatment is necessary for the chlorine shock to be
effective. Yellow algae is easily brushed away but can return quickly if not
the yellow areas vigorously and add an algaecide to you swimming pool water.
Always read and follow the directions on the container.
What Is Black Algae? Black
algae is a spore and a definite nuisance for plaster pools. Black algae do not
affect vinyl liners as often as pools with a plaster finish, but it can affect
a vinyl liner pool. Black algae will develop a shell covering and protecting
the algae from the effects of chlorine. It may look like a grey to black stain
on the plaster and usually is attracted to the darker areas of your swimming
algae spots occur in a swimming pool when your water has a low free chlorine
level and/or the pool chemicals are unbalanced along with debris sitting in one
spot to long or not be vacuumed enough. Good circulation is a must! The time it
takes to avoid black algae is well worth your time and energy. Once you have a
Black Algae, you must continue to treat it as black algae is a spore and
continues to grow and must be continually treated and kept under control.
Prevention, especially for Black Algae is a must.
Algae appears to have slime or shells covering the algae and protecting it from
the effects of chlorine and algaecides. The shells must be cracked and the
slime must be brushed vigorously before applying Trichlor. Always follow the
directions on all containers of chemicals. The best course of action is to
avoid black algae. A pool service professional should be able to eliminate the
possibility of a black algae bloom by proper water chemistry and proper water
filtration. Black algae can spread from other pools.
likely you have Chloramines in the water.Chloramines are a combination of Chlorine and ammonia in the water.Chlormaines can be check by astandard chlorine test kit.There is typically two ways to check Chlorine
levels.The most often is the free
available chlorine in the water and the second method is the Total Combined
Chlorine, which checks for Chloramines.They way to eliminate chloramines is to actually raise the chlorine
level according to the test kit directions and basically oxidize/burn out the
chloramines from the water.
must super chlorinate your swimming pool water. Whenever your water smells like
chlorine and your eyes burn, add more chlorine. For the proper amount to add,
contact your pool service professional or take a sample of your pool water to
your local pool supply store with a professional water testing department. The
rule is: when your eyes burn and your water smells,Chloramines are present!.
loss is a natural phenomenon for swimming pool owners. The loss of ½ inch and
in some areas as much as one inch during the warmer months can be expected.
However, if you are losing more than the fairly normal ½ to one inch per day
during the warmer months, and if you continue to lose this amount during the
colder months, you could possibly have a leak. To determine if you have a leak,
you can perform this simple test.Fill a
5 gallon bucket with water.Mark the
level of the bucket.Now mark the level
of the pool at the tile level, tape can be used etc.Keep the bucket on the first step of the pool
so its sits in the water so the bucket is the same temperature as the pool
water.Let the pool circulate and do
what it typically does in the normal 24 hours.After the 24 hours measure both the bucket and the pool from the level
it was 24 hours prior.They both should
have lost the same amount in inches.If
the pool lost more than the bucket then you know you have a leak and a leak
detection should be performed by a professional.
detection companies use sonar to detect leaks and their locations. The cost is
minimal compared to the expense of digging up different areas of your pool area
to discover if a leak exists or to find the location of the leak.
leak no only raises your water bill and increases your chemical costs, but in
some cases a leak can undermine the very structure of your pool and/or pool deck.
At the very least a leak can cause cracks in many pool decks.
there are high levels of metals.
Total Dissolved Solids, TDS
can also be caused by debris left in the pool. Usually metals escaping from
this debris deposits itself onto the pool plaster and creates a discoloring.
Items such as a leaf from a tree, if left long enough on the pool floor, can
stain your plaster.
removers and acid washing are two examples of how to remove plaster stains.
However, a pool service professional should be consulted before any stain
removal is attempted. The use of a stain remover and/or an acid washing should
always be performed by a pool service professional. The damage that can be done
to your pool surface (plaster) by stain removers and acid washing is far more
costly than the cost of a pool service professional.
Why Is My Plaster Rough? Rough plaster or sharp areas in your pool that can hurt your feet can be caused by poor water chemistry. Poor water chemistry can cause etching or pitting and both can be unsightly and irritating to swimmers. Etching, scaling or plaster roughness can be cause by low pH or alkalinity. Either way, we are back to water chemistry
sure your water chemistry is balanced at least weekly. While this will go a
long way in helping to eliminate rough plaster, it may not be enough. Sometimes
rough plaster is a by-product of a poor plaster job and the roughness
eventually works its way out from the gunite to the exterior of the plaster.
stains are typically caused from a foreign object that sat on the surface of
the plaster. Rust stains can be from a cast iron header of a heater or
internal part that is rusting. Rust can also be from rebar beginning to
leach through the unite and plaster. Typical topical rust stains can be
easily removed by a light sand or wire brush, rebar stains will have to be
handled by a professional and determined what caused the rebar to bleed or
leach through the plaster.
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