Pool Troubleshooting


Common Pool Problems: A Troubleshooting Guide


Problem Symptom Cause Solution
Algae
  • Green or brown algae
  • Green water
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Cloudy water
  • Insufficient free Chlorine
Black Algae
  • Black algae spots
  • Insufficient free Chlorine
Chlorine Odor
  • Strong odor
  • Burning eyes
  • Insufficient free Chlorine
  • Existence of chloramines
  • Adjust pH
  • Shock
Cloudy Water
  • Hazy, cloudy water
  • Lack of sparkle
  • Low total alkalinity
  • Early algae growth
  • Poor filtration
  • Calcium suspension
  • High pH
  • Low Calcium hardness
Eye & Skin Irritation
  • Red eyes
  • Itching skin
  • Improper pH Chloramines
Scale Formation
  • Scale deposits on walls, pipes, filter or heater
  • High pH
  • High water hardness
Colored Water
  • Brown, black, or blue- green water
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Adjust pH
  • Shock
  • Add Flock or iron remover
Corrosion of Metals
  • Metal corrosion
  • Rust stains
  • Copper stains
  • Colored water
  • Low pH
High Chlorine Consumption
  • Excessive sanitizer usage
  • Heavy bather load
  • Dirt
  • High temperature
  • Low stabilizer level
  • High pH