4 Signs That Your Pool Has a Problem

Written by Justin Pullara of Simply Pools
Updated April 8, 2016
A man removes debris from a swimming pool with a skim net.
Use a skim net daily to remove debris floating on the pool surface before it can sink to the bottom of filter system. (Photo by Frank Espich)

Are you having problems keeping the pool water blue?

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In the pool industry, we have a slang term for these types of pools; “problem pools.” These pools eat chemicals and can never seem to get that sparkling blue look for longer than a day.

Here are four signs that you may have a problem pool on your hands and how you can solve the problem.

1. Trees surrounding the water

Unscreened pools surrounded by large trees and foliage can put a lot of stress on your swimming pool. DE (diatomaceous earth) filters need to be broken down and cleaned once every year and a half, and cartridge filters need to be replaced regularly as well. 

Large amounts of debris will cause your filter to work extra hard, ultimately decreasing its life span. Additionally, debris can cause clogged impellers, which need to be unclogged by a professional.

Solution: Talk to your pool technician to see if it is time to replace or break down your filter. Since most technicians only visit your pool once a week, you can make a point to net out your pool on your technicians off days. You can also find cost-effective screen enclosures if the problem persists.

2. The pool is leaking

Swimming pools can have leaks anywhere there is plumbing present, as well as in the walls and drainage system. If you find that you constantly need to add fresh water to your swimming pool, even during the cooler months, you probably have a leak. 

Adding fresh water to your pool causes it to dilute the chemicals that were just added. They usually end up requiring extra stabilizer and chemicals on a more frequent basis to keep them blue.

Solution: First have a pool technician inspect your outer equipment. Pool plumbing that is leaking on the outside is often an easy fix. If there are no visible leaks present, contact a leak detector that specializes in finding and repairing swimming pool leaks. It will be well worth the money in both chemicals and your water bill.

3. No main drain

Pools are designed to pull water from both your main drain (the drain at the center of the deep end of your swimming pool) and the skimmer. In the past, we have found that other pool technicians have capped off main drains as a quick solution to a leak or as a solution to another pool problem. 

Additionally, some pools may have a clogged main drain or have been designed without one at all. With no main drain, your swimming pool is operating at half the capacity that it should be. Your circulation is low, thus your pool water is filtering too slow to keep your pool clean.

Solution: If your main drain is clogged or has been capped off, call a professional to your home to fix the problem. If your pool has been built without a main drain, your pool technician can set up a system to vacuum your pool in a way that replicates this action. 

4. Your pool equipment is too small.

Both pumps and filters come in different sizes and horsepowers designed to meet the needs of your specific swimming pool. If your pump or filter is too small, it creates poor circulation and puts stress on the rest of your plumbing and equipment. 

For instance, a small cartridge filter matched with a large unscreened swimming pool is likely to be a “problem pool.” The equipment isn’t allowing the pool to clean itself properly, making it much more difficult to maintain. Additionally, you will have to replace these mechanisms more frequently due to the added stress.

Solution: Have a repair technician install the proper size filter and pump that best meets the needs of your size and type of swimming pool. 

Each swimming pool is unique. As homes grow older and industry advancements continue, new parts are matched with old parts, creating a system all its own. 

If you are suffering from a “problem pool,” call a professional and ask for a full inspection of your pool equipment. Knowing and fixing the problem now can save you time, energy and money down the road.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted July 2, 2015

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About this Angi Expert: Justin Pullara is owner and CEO of Simply Pools LLC, a Tampa-based swimming pool cleaning and repair company established in 2011. He has more than ten years of experience servicing residential and commercial swimming pools. As a small business owner he seeks to provide honest, competitive, reliable pool cleaning and repairs services to Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. Follow this #ALExpert on Twitter @SimplyPoolsLLC.

As of April, 7 2016, this service provider was highly rated on Angi. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angi for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angi.

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