With summer finally on its way, we thought we would start getting back into the swing of things by helping you start to solve any potential pool problems.  We found this great resource that outlines 6 common pool problems and how to solve them as we were doing our weekly reading.  We thought that this would be perfect for you, dear readers, just in case you are having one of these problems or you run into one of these problems this summer.

With summer officially here its time to jump in that pool for heat relief. But maintaining a pool can be a bit of a daunting task.

Not everyone is a professional chemist, so pool experts recommend you see them first for any problems you encounter. You can head off the issues by taking water samples to the local pool store once a month. “It’s like going to a doctor for a check up,” said Bill Hoffer, sales manager at Valley Pools Inc. in South Londonderry Twp. “We can run a whole barrage of tests and see if anything is getting out of the normal parameters” he said.

Still want to try it the hands-on way? Here are the reasons behind and quick fixes for the most common pool problems, courtesy of Hoffer and Vickie Brevik, general manager at Keystone Pool and Spa in Carlisle.


  • DESCRIPTION: Probably the most common of pool problems, according to Brevik and Hoffer. The surface of the pool is green and swimmers merge looking like swamp monsters.
  • CAUSE: Algae has infested the pool. “90% of the time the cause is that the chlorine level is low,” Hoffer said.
  • SOLUTION: Shock that pool! Perform a shock treatment using three times the normal amount of shock. Couple that with algaecide and the algae will be exterminated.


  • DESCRIPTION: The pool is starting to build unseemly debris and the filter, when examined, is chock full.
  • CAUSE: Relax, this one is a good thing. “It pretty much means the filter is doing it’s job,” Brevik said. It’s clogged because the pool was dirty.
  • SOLUTION: Perform some filter maintenance, clean it out each time it’s clogged. At least once a year it should be chemically cleaned to ensure it’s long functional life, according to Brevik.


  • DESCRIPTION: The pool looks like it is trying to host a foam party and you are not amused. White suds can be seen on the surface.
  • CAUSE: “Most of the foaming we see in pools is from the use of poor algaecide,” said Hoffer. How do you spot one of these poor algaecides? “They never say “This is a foaming algaecide,” Hoffer said. “They’re cheaper and, not to pick on anybody, but you see them most often at mass marketers.”
  • SOLUTION: Head back to the store and get an anti-foam agent and be sure to buy future algaecide from a trustworthy pool dealer who can vouch for it.


  • DESCRIPTION: The pool is either a milk chocolate brown, or a brilliant beautiful teal. Blondes may leave the water with their fair locks green.
  • CAUSE: An abundance of minerals in the water is the root of the problem. Pools with a lot of iron go the brown route, those with more copper take on the teal look with the green hair effect.
  • SOLUTION: Pool stores have different chemicals to remove different minerals from the water, so purchase and use the one that is right for the pool.


  • DESCRIPTION: The bottom of the pool is a mystery. What could be lurking in its depths? Nobody knows.
  • CAUSE: Improper pH levels, is the traditional cause – and the rain aided the problem. “The rain is really acidic in this area and it does effect the pools,” said Brevik.
  • SOLUTION: Test the water’s pH levels and adjust accordingly.


  • DESCRIPTION: There is a weird brown stain on the pool’s walls or floor and no one knows where it came from.
  • CAUSE: It could be organic, or the result of high mineral levels (see mineral mishap). Test the water to see by using a sock. First, put a little pH decreaser in the sock, then rub it on the stain. If it removes the stain, make a note of it. If it does not remove the stain, try again but with a chlorine stick in the sock instead of pH decreaser.
  • SOLUTION: This is one for the professionals, present the results of the test to them and let them have at. But do it quickly, as removing the stain may not be possible. “It’s like your favorite article of clothing that gets stained,” Hoffer said. “The longer it’s left untreated, the harder the stain will be to get out.”

This article was originally published at blog.pennlive.com.  If you have worked through all of these problems and still not been able to find the solution, be sure to contact us today so that we can help you find a solution!