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Common Pool Problems and How to Fix Them

With over ten million Americans owning their own pools, it’s fair to say that swimming is an incredibly popular pastime here in the States. 

If you’re one of the many that own a residential pool, then you’ll know how much fun it is to take a leisurely dip whenever your heart desires. However, if you do own a pool then you’re also probably well aware of the regular maintenance and upkeep that is required to keep them in the very best condition.

In this article, we’ll explore the most common swimming pool problems and what you can do to fix them.

Cloudy Pool Water

You may be reluctant to go for a swim if your water is looking a bit on the cloudy side. Typically, cloudy pool water means one of two things. 

Firstly, it could be an issue with your pool’s filtration system. Check your filter and make sure it hasn’t become clogged as if this has happened, it might be the cause of the cloudiness. Another way to help your filter perform to its best is to put a screen over the water when your pool is not in use. This will limit the amount of work your filter has to do, meaning it is less likely that the water will become cloudy.

If your filter is working well but you’re still experiencing cloudy water, then you may need to test the water’s chemical levels. Sometimes during the cleaning process, too many chemicals will be added to the water. Use a pH test to determine whether your chemical balance needs readdressing and if you have gone overboard with the chemicals, then you can use sodium bisulfate (commonly known as dry acid) to bring it back to healthy levels. 

At Claffey Pools, we offer in-store water testing to ensure your water’s pH is at the appropriate level.        

Algae In The Pool

It isn’t just cloudy water that you should keep an eye out for. If your pool water begins turning green, it is a sure sign that algae is present. Usually, algae in your pool is an indication that it hasn’t been properly maintained for a while. 

The best way to prevent algae from appearing in the first place is to stick to regular cleaning routines as the chemicals used will stop growth. If you already have an algae problem then it might be time to ‘shock’ your pool. This involves inserting a large amount of chlorine into the pool which will eradicate the algae. You can then sweep up any bits that have been leftover with a brush. 

Skin irritation after swimming

Another sign that there is a problem with your swimming pool is if you’re experiencing irritation or burning to your skin after coming out of the pool. This can include discomfort to the eyes, throat, and ears and usually indicates an imbalance with the pool’s pH levels. 

A safe level of pH is anywhere between 7.2 and 7.6 and anything above or below this level can be dangerous, causing redness, burning and irritation. 

Again, a pH test will help determine the acidity of your swimming pool so it’s always worth doing one. 


Here at Claffey Pools, we offer a comprehensive maintenance service helping to address all manner of pool problems.  For more information on how we can help you, contact a member of our dedicated and friendly team today. 





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