Swimming pools contain a lot of water. That water is subjected to a lot of different chemical issues. Sunlight, algae, and airborne contaminants mean that the water can be a big problem if it’s not kept in good condition. That means monitoring, good quality pool supplies and having the right information.
Water Problems: The Main Issues
These are the typical issues which affect water quality:
- Sunlight: Sunlight alters the chemical composition for the better, in general, but it also affects pool chemicals over time. Sunlight exposure is one of the reasons that pool chemicals break down. Pool chemicals must be monitored and replaced on a regular basis.
- Algae: Algae are microscopic water-based plants. (Green algae are the green coloring tinge you often see on driveways, around brickwork and concrete.) They thrive in any wet environment, and there are many different species. The problem is that many species of algae can be toxic, and some can make people very sick.
- Airborne contaminants: Windborne pollutants include dust and various forms of chemical compounds. These can be complex materials, and some are chemically active. These chemicals can also help deteriorate swimming pool quality, and some pollutants aren’t good for the health.
- Bacteria: Bacteria are universal, and the many different forms of water-borne species can include some nasty types. Swimming pool chemicals are usually very effective at controlling these bacteria, but if the water quality drops, you do have a potential problem.
Things you really need to Look out for:
There is a range of possible indicators of dangerous pool contamination of which you need to be aware, and your pool cleaner, chlorinator and water filters are your basic defenses:
- Nausea and indigestion: Some forms of water contamination can produce quite alarming symptoms, particularly in children. Both algae and bacteria can produce these symptoms. This can be a grim experience for parents, and you need to be highly suspicious of any possibility of organisms in the pool water.
- “Sour” water or water which feels different: This is probably a result of pH levels changing and acidity. The acidity, however, can be a major issue. Acidity isn’t good for people, and it’s also not good for pool equipment, because it can corrode it and seriously damage it. Any sign of corrosion may indicate a real problem.
- Signs of pool damage or chipping: The chemical issues can also damage pool surfaces. This can cause physical damage, particularly in microscopic cracks in the sides of the pool. The water can break down surfaces over time, and that, naturally, provides more foreign chemistry in the pool. The problem, in this case, is that the pool holds a lot of water, and these problems can result in structural damage as well as water quality issues.
What to do about the issues?
The fact is that if you have these problems, you do need professional help, ASAP. At these advanced levels of difficulty, your pool supplies people are your best friends. A phone call can get your problems under control and save you a lot of worry and frustration.