How To Spot Potential Pool Problems
And Prevent Them
- Test Water Frequently: Test pH and chlorine level
frequently. Recommended pH range is 7.2 to 7.8. Chlorine level is 1 to 3 ppm. Bring a
water sample to Hudson Pools for complete testing at season start-up and every 6 weeks
- Sanitizer Schedule: Depending upon the type of
chlorination you use, the amount of chlorine needed will be determined by the number of
swimmers, water temperature, weather conditions, etc. Be sure to monitor feeders or
dispensers and replenish often with chlorine (every Sunday night!).
- Unpleasant Odors: Often caused by accumulation of
swimmer contaminants. Shock treat to destroy and prevent "combined chlorine"
- Eye-Skin Irritations: May be caused by "combined
chlorine" buildup. Shock treat to oxidize non-filterable contaminants. Make sure pH
is not out of recommended range.
- Keep Water Lines Clean: Remove grease and grime along
water line with a pool area cleaner that is chemically compatible with pool water and is
not abrasive. (DO NOT use household cleaners.)
- Check Filter Operation: Short filter runs or dirty
return water may indicate a dirty or clogged filter. Clean filter.
- Unusually Heavy Pool Use: Shock treat to destroy
non-filterable contaminants from swimmers such as cosmetics, oils, perspiration, etc.
- After Wind/Rain Storms: Remove any wind blown debris
from the pool. Check pH and adjust if necessary. Shock treat to destroy "combined
chlorine" formed by the nitrogen in rainfall. Add a dose of an algae-preventive
- When You Add Fresh Water: Check pH and adjust. Add a
sequestering agent to prevent the precipitation of minerals in the fresh water before they
can oxidize, leave stains, or form scale.
- Pool Covers: Clean solar blankets periodically
throughout the season to prevent odor and grime build-ups.