What makes balanced pool water?
Pool water balance is very important. There are five important components:
- Chlorine for disinfection and sanitation
- PH for chlorine efficiency and your comfort
- Alkalinity for the buffering of the pH
- Calcium hardness for the reduction of scale formation
- Removal of Total Dissolved Solids or TDS when needed
Be sure to get your pool water maintenance book from Manning Pools. Call
us for more information.
What makes a pool turn green?
Green pools have a variety of causes. First and foremost is the incorrect amount of chlorine, so check the chlorine first. If you have a good reading and the water is green or there are green formations on the walls of the pool, then you will still need to add chlorine and/or algaecide in high levels to rid the pool of algae.
Poor pool circulation or not enough filter and pump running time are also a problem. Let the circulation pump run for several days 24/7 with the addition of chlorine. Brush the walls, if algae is present. Check the skimmer and pump trap baskets for blockage. A small amount of debris can cause poor circulation. Clean the skimmer and pump baskets after you've mowed your lawn. A common problem occurs when grass clippings block the pump basket. This is also what causes cloudy water. It would mark the beginning of an algae or circulation problem.
The quicker you respond to a green pool the faster you will have clean, clear water again. Contact
us promptly if you still have any problems.
What makes the children's eyes turn red?
Check the pH and alkalinity of the water. Low pH or high pH can cause eye irritation. Adjust the alkalinity to the proper level (120ppm recommended level for a vinyl liner pool; 150ppm recommended for a concrete pool) and the pH (7.4 to 7.6). Most of the time the addition of alkalinity increaser (sodium bicarbonate) will buffer the pH back to the appropriate levels with no required addition of pH increaser.
Chloramines in the water also can cause skin and eye irritation. Chloramines (combined chlorine) are caused when chlorine bonds to ammonia from urine and perspiration. It is a common mistake to "smell high chlorine" and what you actually smell is the ammonia odor that chloramines release into the air. If you smell an odor to your water, then add chlorine (break-point chlorination) and this will correct the chloramines level and the odor goes away, as does the irritation. Follow the directions on the label for break-point chlorination. Follow the directions on the label for the correct amount of sodium bicarbonate for alkalinity and pH adjustment.
What are some other common things to watch out for?
Sometimes if the water becomes corrosive (low pH), the corrosive water will corrode the metal parts on the light niche and water from the pool will leak out the back of the light niche. You will not see water standing on the ground around a pool that is leaking unless it's in a plumbing line that is close to the surface of the ground. Our pool technicians can help with other checks for a pool leak, but it is better left to a professional at this point. *Never let the water level get below the water table in your area. Check with our pool technicians before allowing the water level in any pool to just continue to go down.
How to clean yellow stains on pool steps?
Use a product called Pool Stain Treat® and all you have to do is turn the pool pump off and then sprinkle the product so that it settles on the pool steps. The yellow stains will disappear like magic and the steps will be sparkling white just like new.