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Pool Trouble shooting Guide.
The Problems?


All efforts have been made to ensure that the above information is correct, but can only be considered as a guide to the related problems. You are always advised to check / refer to all the instructions / labeling from your chemical supplier.

  Problem Possible Cause Possible Reason
       
       
  1. Cloudy water

Build up of dirt and pollution or suspended particles
Start of algae growth
Over stabilisation

Insufficient Chlorine or ineffective pool filtration
Poor filtration
Over stabilisation. Chlorine ineffective

       
  2. Unpleasant water. Sore eyes / throat,
Itching skin
High combined Chlorines
Water too acid or alkaline

Free Chlorine levels too low
pH levels too low or too high

       
  3. Chlorine level difficult to maintain

Sunlight destroys Chlorine
Build up of pollutants
High water temperature

Chlorine not stabilised
Insufficient Chlorination
Organisms multiply more rapidly

       
  4. No Chlorine reading

Chlorine level may be too high
Chlorine level may be too low

High Chlorine content bleaches reagent in test tablet
Insufficient Chlorine

       
  5. pH too low

Low pH of local mains water
Use of acidic chlorine donors

Insufficient pH increaser being added

       
  6. pH too High High pH of local mains water
Salts leached from concrete pools

Insufficient pH Reducer being added
Self correction period of time

       
  7. pH locked Too high levels of bicarbonate

Topping up from mains water can increase alkalinity in hard water areas

       
  8. Low Alkalinity Bicarbonates reduced by dilution particularly
in soft water area
Mains water has too low level of bicarbonates
       
  9. Pool water feels slimy Algae growing Insufficient chlorination and pool wall brushing
       
  10. Dirt on the pool wall at waterline Build up of fat from sun oils or cosmetics Irregular cleaning of surfaces
 
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