There’s something wrong with my pool

Common pool problems uncovered

My Pool is cloudy

Possible causes Risks of not rectifying

• Low or no chlorine

• Run-off into the pool (debris, dirt or garden overflow)

• Incorrect water balance

• Poor filtration

• Your pool will go green in time

• It will be unhealthy to swim in and may cause ear and throat infections

• It can get worse and will become more costly to fix

• Dirt and debris will continue to accumulate in your pool. 

 

There’s mould growing in my pool

Possible causes Risks of not rectifying

• Black-spot algae

• A lack of chlorine

• Poor water chemistry

• The mould will continue to multiply

• The mould can cause harmful bacteria to develop that may lead to ear and throat infections

• The longer the mould is left the harder and more costly it is to remove.

 

My pool is green

Possible causes Risks of not rectifying


• Low chlorine

• Poor filtration or the filtration system not running for enough hours per day

• Rain or storm run-off

• Mosquitos will start breeding

• Black-spot will start growing below the water level

• If left too long the pool will need to be drained and cleaned. 

 

There are stains on the bottom of my pool

Possible causes Risks of not rectifying
Stains will either be mineral or organic.

Mineral Stains
• Usually copper or iron

• Copper stains are generally from poor quality algaecides, gas heaters or ionisers

• Iron stains are generally from poor quality salt or bore water

Organic Stains

• Leaf stains or bat poo

• The longer the stains are there the harder they are to remove.

 

My water chemistry isn’t right

Possible causes Risks of not rectifying


• Pools with salt water chlorinators will have constantly increasing pH levels due to the fact that chlorine produced by salt water chlorination has a high pH

• Rain and topping up your pool will dilute your pool’s water chemistry

• People swimming in the pool • Can lead to a cloudy or green pool

• Can lead to black-spot

• The chlorine becomes ineffective. 

 

My pump is noisy

Possible causes Risks of not rectifying

• The baskets are too full

• The bearings are noisy

• Baskets can split and block the impellor allowing leaves and debris to flow through to the impellor and other parts of the system, causing further damage

• The motor will eventually seize and need replacing. 

 

My chlorinator isn’t working

Possible causes Risks of not rectifying

• Not enough salt

• The chlorinator cell needs cleaning

• The salt cell has worn out

• The pool will eventually turn cloudy or green and will not be safe to swim in

• If a worn salt cell is left too long, the plates may touch causing additional problems with the chlorinator


My pool cleaner isn’t working

Possible causes Risks of not rectifying

• Not enough water flow

• Something is stuck in the bottom of the cleaner

• Broken or worn parts Your pool will get very dirty!

The remedy for these problems will depend on the cause of the problem, the severity of the issue, and your individual circumstances.  In most cases it is best to drop in to one of our stores with a water sample  so we can test your water chemistry and identify what’s wrong.  For pool stains it’s a good idea to bring along a picture of the stain too.

Our team will diagnose the problem and find a solution.  If we can’t do this in-store we will arrange a time to come to you.

 

 

 

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