What is Your Pool’s Water Color Saying?
Your pool’s water is its lifeblood. Its cleanliness is directly connected to your pool’s overall health and wellness, which tells you a lot about how it can affect your entire family. Your pool's water color is directly related to the health of your pool’s chemical balance systems. It should be thoroughly analyzed, so you can adjust chemicals as needed to keep it sparkling blue and clear.
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Why is it important to keep your pool water in great condition?
The health of your pool is in part determined by its color and clarity because, in addition to containing chlorine and other chemicals in order to keep it clean and safe for swimming, pools also contain or should contain a chemical sanitizer or disinfectant. Combined with the filtration system that removes dirt particles from the water, these two factors go a long way in explaining why your pool's water color is directly related to its overall health.
In order for you to maintain the cleanliness of your pool, it is important to understand how these chemical balances work together with the filtration system as one integral system. In addition, knowing what they do and why they are so important to the overall health of your pool and family can help you do a better job of maintaining it. This is why testing procedures are so important because they help you determine which chemicals need adjusting in order for your pool’s water color to remain blue and clear.
How does my pool water equipment affect the health of my pool’s water color?
One of the most important pieces of your pool equipment is the filter, which traps particles so water can be cleaned. Other equipment includes the surface skimmer, chemical feeders, automatic chlorinator timers and valves, automatic cleaning devices, heating units for cold-weather months, etc., depending on the type of installation you have. All these elements affect your pool’s water color and clarity.
In order to keep your pool clean and sanitized, you need to maintain all this equipment. Without doing so, your pool can actually end up dirtier than when you started your weekly maintenance sessions on it. In fact, if any one of these items is neglected or improperly adjusted, it can affect your pool’s water color.
What causes yellow or green cloudy water and what can you do about it?
As mentioned before, pool water color is directly related to the health of your pool’s chemical balance systems. It should be thoroughly analyzed, so you can adjust chemicals as needed to keep it sparkling blue and clear.
A yellow or green cloudy appearance in your pool is a result of algae growth and decreased chlorine levels (or maybe both). This is bad news for your swimmers, but it can be remedied with a shock treatment. The Clean Pool Company recommends using a chlorine level shock treatment that is safe for the environment. This works by raising your free and total chlorine levels quickly so the algae die and settle out of the water. Your pool should be properly balanced before shocking, however, or you risk the shock treatment making your water worse.
When you have had a heavy algae problem, it is likely that you will need to do some regular maintenance on your pool’s chemistry. Algae are opportunistic organisms that thrive in pools with low chlorine levels and low alkalinity. Be sure to include algaecides in your chemical treatment regimen to prevent future algae problems.
Be sure to test your pool water for any pH and alkalinity imbalances before shocking or adjusting chemicals. This is important because doing this increases your chances of successfully killing the algae and bringing your pool’s chemical balance into a healthy range. There are many ways that you can reduce the amount of cloudiness in your water by adjusting the chemicals.
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In conclusion, whether you have competition swimmers in your family or just want to know what’s going on with the water you share with everyone else who uses the pool, it’s helpful to know about what your pool’s water color is saying about the integrity of your pool. Remember, when in doubt, you can then look at your chemical balance system and adjust chemicals as needed to keep it sparkling blue and clear. If you or someone you know isn’t comfortable, or confident in their ability to keep the pool clean and ready for swimming - please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Clean Pool Company today! We are here to help keep your pool ready to use all year round.
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