A Guide to Common Swimming Pool Problems

April 16, 2018

Who wouldn’t want a swimming pool in their backyard? It is the perfect therapy for your body and mind, by providing relief after a long hard day at work and giving your muscles a proper workout. It is always fun to spend time inside the pool, regardless of whether you swim or not. Encountering a pool problem, however, is not so fun. Despite regular and simple maintenance, every pool owner has faced an issue now and then. If you are experiencing a swimming pool problem, you may have immediately searched “San Diego pool service cost” on the Internet. Pricey or not, these issues are a hassle so it’s important that you know what to do when they occur and how to prevent them from happening in the first place. Read on to find out!

Pool pump problems

The pool pump is the heart of the circulation system so if your swimming pool looks cloudy and the water is not circulating as it should be, perhaps your pool pump has lost its prime. When there isn’t enough power in your pump to keep the water flowing, blown fuses or broken circuits can be the one(s) to blame.

Another culprit may be a suction leak in the pump or an obstruction in the suction line, which can cause a myriad of issues. If you spot air bubbles coming out of your pool pump, this means that air has found a way to enter the system.

A shattered pump basket, worn shaft seal or broken impellor can all cause a pump malfunction. Seek the assistance of an experienced pool technician who will provide you with the best service at affordable San Diego pool service cost.

Pool leak

If your pool is losing a significant amount of water (more than a quarter inch per day), you will need a pool leak expert to determine the cause and detect a leak if any. Common types of pool leaks are caused by damaged or worn pool equipment, broken underground piping, cracked structure, or dislodged or loose fittings that pulled away from the structure.

Keep in mind that you won’t see water around your pool or a hole in your lawn. These leaks are often very subtle that only a trained eye will be able to locate.


A blocked skimmer intake pipe, together with the clogged main drain at the bottom of your pool, can make it impossible to keep the water in the pool impeccably clean. Bear in mind that adding chemicals will not help until the problem is settled.

Small rocks, leaves, debris, and literally everything that ends up in your pool can cause the obstruction. A large amount of debris can also affect the life span of the filter and clog the impellers. To prevent this from happening and to encourage pool circulation, be sure to skim the pool on a regular basis.

Poor water balance

It’s essential that you maintain the correct pool water chemistry. Given that your pool water is constantly changing, keeping it balanced all the time may be a burden if you don’t know at least the basics of the water pH, total alkalinity, and adequate chlorine levels.

Poor water chemistry poses a risk to the health of the swimmers and to the health of the pool. For instance, if your pH is unbalanced, adding more chlorine will only further degrade the quality of the water. Exposure to acidic pool water can erode dental enamel, as well as lead to bacterial infections and skin or/and eye irritation. On the other hand, when chlorine levels in your pool are too low, you may notice the number one enemy of the sparkling clear water in your pool – algae.

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