Your pool is supposed to be a place of relaxation and serenity. But, when you notice unsightly pool stains, it can leave you feeling just the opposite. What can I do about stains in my swimming pool!? First, don’t stress! It’s not uncommon for pool stains to occur over time. Second, read below to learn more about pool stains and how to get rid of them so you can get back to relaxing poolside.
Identify the Cause of Your Pool Stain
Not all stains are equal. When you notice stains forming in or around your pool, it’s important to first identify the underlying cause of the stain. The cause of the stain often determines how it should best be dealt with. The most common stains tend to be caused by either natural causes or by metals.
No matter how vigilant you try to be, natural debris ends up in your pool. Leaves, bugs, dirt and other organic materials find their way into your pool. While you might do your best to get everything out, natural remnants can be left behind that can leave discolorations in, on, or under the water. The best way to determine if the staining in your pool is natural or not is to directly apply a small amount of chlorine to a problem spot. If the stain comes up easily, chances are it has a natural cause. Natural staining can usually be easily treated by shocking your pool with chlorine.
Metal can be found in your pool equipment. Think handrails, ladders, grates, valves and piping. It can also be found in your water. Metallic staining usually leads to an unmistakable brownish-red discoloration that can easily become an eyesore. (Occasionally metal stains are also a greenish or black color). The best thing to do is to bring a sample of your pool water to A-Quality Pools for a free water test. Our computerized test will reveal what metals are causing the stains so we can create a precise treatment plan. A pool stain remover tailored to the metals found in your pool water will knock the problem right out.
How to Prevent Stains from Forming in My Swimming Pool
One of the best ways to prevent stains from occurring is consistent pool maintenance. Also, regularly have your pool water tested for metal content. If pool maintenance is a hassle, sign up for A-Quality Pools pool service and let us handle your pool care for you. With weekly visits to your pool, our team will also be able to catch natural or metal stains early, preventing them from setting in.
Regularly skimming the surface and vacuuming the pool’s interior are also great ways to keep stains at bay.
Don’t let unsightly stains keep you from fully enjoying your pool. At A-Quality Pools, our friendly and knowledgeable experts are available and ready to help you get rid of pool stains and prevent them from returning. Give us a call at 817-835-7210, or stop by our store in North Richland Hills to learn more!