If it’s your first time owning a pool, you might be shocked when you see it looking greenish or when the water is too cloudy.
Don’t worry, it happens. There are some issues that you can prevent, while others, you just have to find a solution. It’s important to solve any water quality issue as soon as possible because it does not only affect the appearance. Some issues can also irritate the eyes and cause health problems for anyone swimming in it.
To help you out, here are common water quality problems in Florida and ways on how you can fix them.
1. Algae Buildup
A common problem that Florida pools will have more often than pools from other states is algae buildup.
Our high seasonal temperatures allow us to keep water in our pool the whole year, and sometimes this brings the sudden appearance of algae. When you see algae form on your pool, think back about the past few days. Did the weather change, did it rain more, or did the temperature increase - a ‘yes’ to any of these could be the reason there’s algae in your pool.
Algae can suddenly appear and it affects all pools, especially ones in homes with a lot of sunshine since it thrives in warm weather. Aside from appearance, algae can also make your pool water look cloudy or become smelly.
But having algae doesn’t always mean your pool is dirty. Some have swum in algae-infested pools since it’s not dangerous - but it is not advisable. Having algae means that something is wrong, such as the water is not balanced, wrong pool chemistry, or an issue with pool mechanicals. Algae can also appear due to lack of chlorine, damaged filters, or traces of phosphate in the water.
2. Cloudy Pool Water
How to tell if your pool water is clear? You should be able to clearly see a coin at the bottom of the pool, even at the deep end. If you can’t, then your pool water is too cloudy or murky, which means it’s not clean and safe to swim in.
Aside from algae, there are various reasons why your pool water is cloudy. One of the simplest reasons homeowners get cloudy pool water is because of debris. Other reasons are unbalanced water chemistry, problems with the circulation or filtration system, too little sanitizer, and wrong pH level.
3. Pollen Infested Pool
This water quality issue is not as common as it only appears seasonally. During the cold weather, usually in February, comes pollen season.
Check your pools because it could probably be covered with yellow pine pollen. After some time, oak pollen will start appearing on the surface of your pool water.
If this is left for a long time, it will turn into organic waste and assist with algae buildup. This process becomes faster if the temperature starts rising during the start of spring.
4. Pool Water that Irritates the Eye
This issue is common to all pools, not because of the chlorine (as we always hear) but for different reasons.
The most common reason for this is inadequate filtration. You should also avoid adding fresh water in the pool since it has organic material that can contribute to eye irritation.
Another reason - one which we will have a harder time to control - is the introduction of ammonia into the pool water. Simply, it means when a person urinates in the pool. You might think that it’s okay if it’s just a child, but a kid’s urine is enough to cause heavy eye irritation for a whole day.
Other than urine, people’s sweat, lotions, sunblocks, and hair care products is another culprit.
5. Rainwater Mixing with Pool Water
This issue is not particularly dangerous as people can still swim in the pool after a day of heavy rain. It’s just water, but it will still affect the pool water.
The water from the rain is generally acidic and would affect the alkalinity or acidity (pH level) of your pool. Rainwater will cause the pH level of your pool to drop which means it will become more acidic.
This will cause skin irritation and corrosive water that may damage your pool’s finish, walls, and hardware - if it’s not treated. Even if rain is not acidic, increasing the water is enough to change the chemistry of the water.
Light showers in Florida doesn’t affect the pH level that much - it’s the heavy rain that you have to watch out for.