A swimming pool is a greatly enjoyable thing to have with your home. It requires constant maintenance; checking the pool’s chemistry, skimming out leaves or other debris, vacuuming up sediment from the ground, and maintaining the filter. How do you know if you need to do some more intensive maintenance? What are the signs that something has made your pool go badly out of line?
Strong Smell of Chlorine
A strong smell of chlorine does not mean your pool is safe. A healthy, safe pool will have little to no odor. That smell comes when your pool is out of balance. The smell of chlorine arises when the chemicals are dealing with a lot organic material like sweat, urine, and bacteria in your pool. As the chlorine tries to deal with the contaminants which are not being filtered and cleaned sufficiently, it causes chloramine, which makes that smell. A strong smell does not mean there is too much chlorine in the pool; it means there is not enough to deal with all the contaminants.
Badly Out of Line Chemistry
Part of pool maintenance is regularly checking the chemistry and keeping a healthy PH, alkalinity, calcium, and free chlorine or bromine levels. If these numbers are badly skewed, immediate work is needed.
Cloudy or Murky Water
Cloudy water indicates chemical imbalance and a lot of particles in your pool. It can be a sign of heavy rain, lack of sunlight, lack of sufficient filtration, or poor water circulation. Cloudy water means that it is time to do something about the water.
This is a sign of algae growing in the water and on the sides and bottom of the pool.
Unhealthy pool water can be other colors than green. The most common is brown or yellowish. This can be from the growth of brown algae or from other contaminants in the pool. Any change in color is a serious sign that something is out of order and needs to be corrected.
Bubbles or Foam
This means your water has enough contaminants that it is able to keep long-term bubbles due to having strong surface tension. This can be caused by substances like lotions, sunblock, soaps etc. in the pool; from a high concentration of bacteria in the pool; from a chemical imbalance or having way too many chemicals in the pool, or from clogged filters.
Living Organisms in the Pool
Uncared for pools can become breeding grounds not only for bacteria but for creatures like mosquito larvae, water beetles, or other small life forms. Do not swim in a pool where you see small things wiggling in the water. Seek professional assistance.