How to Troubleshoot Pool Problems Before Calling the Pros

A man checking a pool filter.

Owning your own pool is a fun way to enjoy the weather, host parties, and even get some exercise. However, it can be tough when you run into a problem with your pool that you don’t necessarily know how to fix. But don't worry—we are here to help you keep your personal escape from the heat running all summer long. In this article, we discuss common pool problems and how to troubleshoot them before you have to call in a professional.

Clogged Filter

A filter is a vital component in keeping your pool operating and clean. You will probably notice this problem when there is a buildup of debris in your pool and then realize that the filter is chock-full of undesirable junk. This may seem like an alarming issue at first glance, but take solace in the fact that it means your filter is actually doing its job—collecting debris from your pool. This problem has an easy fix, as it just requires you to clean your filter out. Also keep in mind that at least once each season, this part of your pool should be chemically cleaned to ensure its longevity.

Cracked Chlorinator

A pool chlorinator floating in water.

A chlorinator is a mechanical device or pump that is responsible for delivering chlorine to your pool’s water. Sometimes, the tubing of this pump may become cracked or split, which in turn allows air to get in the way of its suction or allows for a chlorine leak. To fix this problem, first locate the leak. Then, shorten the tubing to eliminate the hole, especially if it's located at the end of the tubing. If this solution is impossible, replace the tubing to ensure it's leak-free.

Broken Heater

If you're looking to heat your pool on a chilly day and the device stops working, this can be alarming. While this may be a problem that requires the help of professionals, there are a few measures you can take to troubleshoot the issue before you make an appointment. First, for a millivolt heater, make sure the pilot is lit. If that’s not the problem, clean all of the baskets in the device and see if that helps. Finally, check the filter pressure. If the filter is dirty, causing high pressure, backwash the filter to increase flow. A dirty filter could be blocking the heater from working and cleaning it may be the ticket to warming up your pool.

Algae in Pool

A close-up of a pool with algae in it.

You definitely don’t want to let algae grow in your pool, as this is an issue that can quickly become out of hand. There are several different factors that could cause its growth, including poor circulation or filtration, improper chemical maintenance, or even the environment. To fix this problem, start by adjusting the pH of your pool water to somewhere between 7.2 and 7.4. Then, shock the pool with the appropriate shock product. Run the filter for at least 24 hours until the water is back to its normal state, and then vacuum the pool clean. Backwash and clean the filter as needed, and then add in a quality algaecide to prevent regrowth.

Foaming Water

If it looks like your pool is infested with foam, you’re probably wondering what the cause is behind it. Usually, the culprit is the use of poor quality algaecides. Try to avoid using cheaper algaecides sold by mass marketers to prevent this problem. To rid your pool of its foam issue, go to a trustworthy pool dealer for an anti-foam agent.

Murky Water

Seeing murky water filling your pool is another issue that can seem like a huge deal at first glance. This is more prevalent towards the bottom of the pool, with darker water lurking down below. The usual cause of this issue is an amiss pH level of your pool’s water. This is a common occurrence especially after a lot of rain as it's more acidic than pool water. To fix this problem, simply test the pH level of your pool water after rainfall and then use chemicals to balance it.

While we understand any of these problems may seem intimidating when they first come up, there are many easy solutions that you can independently take advantage of. Keep your pool in tip-top shape this summer, even if you experience some minor bumps in the road.