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324A Main Street
Stevensville, MD 21666
Phone: 410-643-9003
Fax: 410-643-6770


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Troubleshooting Pool Problems

The best way to prevent pool problems is regular maintenance. But the following tips can help you treat some of the most common pool problems encountered by owners.

Cloudy Pool Water

Problem: Unable to see the bottom of the pool and water lacks sparkle. Solution: Most cloudy pool water problems are related to poor filtration. Be sure you are running your filter continuously for at least 10 hours per day until the water clears. Additionally, buildup of organic contamination can also cause dull-looking water. Contaminates can be oxidized with Shock related products to bring back clarity.

Problem: Weak flow from return inlets, poor to no surface activity, frequent backwash cycles, etc.
Solution: All of these symptoms result in cloudy pool water and can be an indication of a dirty pool filter. Pool filters should be chemically cleaned at least twice each season.

Pool Algae and Scale

Problem: There is algae (green, black, yellow, pink) floating on the pool surface and clinging to my pool walls and floor.
Solution: Algae and bacteria growth often start in areas that have little or no circulation and can spread rapidly, especially in the presence of sunlight. Depending on the pool surface type as well as the type of algae, select and apply the appropriate Algaecide. In addition, brushing is a must. Brush pool surfaces at least once per day until algae is gone.

Problem: Rough, sandpaper-like deposits on the pools's surfaces.
Solution: Make sure your pH is maintained in the ideal range of 7.4 to 7.6. Bring in a water sample so we can test it and determine the needed adjustments to your total alkalinity and calcium hardness.

Metals and Stains

Problem: Staining or discoloration on pool surfaces.
Solution: Stains may be green, blue, purple, gray, reddish-brown, beige or brown and are most commonly caused by copper, iron, calcium, silicate and magnese. All permanent stains (ones not easily brushed off) are the result of some chemical imbalance or metals present in water. The sooner you treat any stain, the better chance of eliminating it. There are many effective products out there for stain removal. Let us help you determine the stain source and recommend the most effective solution for removal.

Balancing Your Pool Water

Balancing your pool water is crucial for keeping it clear and inviting. When pool water is in balance, it means the total water chemistry is right where it should be. Not only does balanced water make swimming more enjoyable, but it also helps to keep water clear and prevent corrosion to metal parts and scaling on pool surfaces. To maintain proper balance, you should be in the following ideal ranges:

Free chlorine residual - 2.0 to 4.0 parts per million (ppm) for chlorinated pools

Total bromine residual - 2.0 to 3.0 ppm for brominated pools

pH - 7.4 to 7.6 is ideal range

Total alkalinity - 80 to 120 ppm

Total hardness - 200 to 400 ppm