Your Pool Troubleshooting Guide

 

Cloudy, Dull Water

 

Possible Cause: Dirty Filter

    • Solution: Clean filter with Filter Cleanse or Filter Fresh. Renew sand filter efficiency with Filter Rinse.
    • Preventative Maintenance: Backwash as necessary and clean filter thoroughly as needed.

 

Possible Cause: pH too high

    • Solution: Test pH and Total Alkalinity. Add pH Down as directed. Adjust as required.
    • Preventative Maintenance: Test frequently and maintain pH of 7.2 - 7.8 and total alkalinity at 80 - 120ppm.

 

Possible Cause: Free chlorine residual too low

    • Solution: Test for chlorine residual and adjust as needed. Shock treat with Oxy-Brite.
    • Preventative Maintenance: Maintain free chlorine level of 1 - 3 ppm.

 

Possible Cause: Filter not removing small particles

    • Solution: Use Clear Blue to coagulate small particles. Check filter operation.
    • Preventative Maintenance: Use Clear Blue weekly, 1oz. per 5000 gallons.

 

Possible Cause: Backwashing sand filters too often

    • Solution: Backwash less frequently, only as recommended by filter manufacturer's directions.
    • Preventative Maintenance: Use with Filter Rinse once every month or two months, depending on number and frequency of pool occupancy.

 

Possible Cause: Dissolved metals in water

  • Solution: Use Sequa-Sol to control metals in water.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Use 4oz. per 10,000 gallons of Sequa-Sol weekly to prevent staining and scale formulation.

 

Cloudy, Green Water

 

Possible Cause: Green algae

  • Solution: Use Algimycin 2000 or Algimycin 600 to destroy algae. Use Drop 'N Vac to help remove dead algae.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Use 8oz. per 10,000 of Algimycin 2000 weekly to prevent algae growth.

 

Black and/or Dark Green Spots

 

Possible Cause: Black algae

  • Solution: Use Oxy-Brite per directions. Add Algimycin 2000 or Algimycin 1000 as directed, then brush daily until gone. Use Drop 'N Vac to help remove dead algae.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Use 8oz. per 10,000 gallons of Algimycin 2000 weekly to prevent algae growth. Adjust returns to provide better flow over affected areas.

 

Yellow Slime

 

Possible Cause: Mustard algae

  • Solution: Clean filter with Filter Cleanse or Filter Fresh. Brush affected areas. Use Algimycin 2000, Algimycin Yellow, or Strike Out algaecide. Use Drop 'N Vac to help remove dead algae.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Use 8oz. per 10,000 gallons of Algimycin 2000 weekly to prevent algae growth.

 

Reddish Brown Water

 

Possible Cause: Iron or manganese dissolved in water

  • Solution: Use Sequa-Sol to suspend and inactivate stain causing minerals. For extreme cases, use Super Sequa-Sol.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Use 8oz. per 10,000 gallons of Sequa-Sol on a weekly basis.

 

Clear, Green Water

 

Possible Cause: Dissolved copper from fill water - Corrosion of copper pipes or heater

  • Solution: Use Sequa-Sol or Super Sequa-Sol as directed. Test and adjust pH and total alkalinity.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Use 8oz. per 10,000 gallons of Sequa-Sol on a weekly basis.

 

Stains & Rust

 

Possible Cause: Metals in water

  • Solution: Use Stain Magnet to remove stains. Follow treatment with Sequa-Sol or Super Sequa-Sol to prevent staining.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Use 8oz. per 10,000 gallons of Sequa-Sol weekly to keep metals in solution and prevent staining.

 

Calcium, Scale Deposits

 

Possible Cause: pH or alkalinity too high

  • Solution: Correct with pH Down as directed.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Use Sequa-Sol or Super Sequa-Sol weekly to prevent scale-forming calcium from precipitating out of solution.

Possible Cause: Calcium content too high

  • Solution: Dilute pool water with water of lower hardness. Use Sequa-Sol or Super Sequa-Sol as directed.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Use Sequa-Sol or Super Sequa-Sol weekly to prevent scale-forming calcium from precipitating out of solution.

 

Skin & Eye Irritation

 

Possible Cause: Combined Chlorine level is too high

  • Solution: Shock treat with Oxy-Brite. Then test for free chlorine residual and adjust to maintain residual of 1-3 ppm.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Maintain disinfectant level of 1-3 ppm at all times regardless of pool usage or weather conditions.

Possible Cause: pH too low or too high

  • Solution: Test pH and correct with pH Up or pH Down.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Maintain pH of 7.2 - 7.8 and total alkalinity of 80-120 ppm.

 

Chlorine Odor

 

Possible Cause: Combined chlorine level is too high

  • Solution: Shock treat with Oxy-Brite. Then test for free chlorine residual and adjust to maintain residual of 1-3 ppm.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Test chlorine level daily. Maintain pH of 7.2 - 7.8, total alkalinity of 80 - 120 ppm, and free chlorine level of 1-3 ppm.

 

Scum and Odors

 

Possible Cause: Grease and oil from swimmers

  • Solution: Use enzyme-action Natural Clear to dissolve oils and lotions. Clean walls and surfaces with TLC. Clean filter iwht Filter Cleanse, Filter Fresh or Filter Rinse.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Shower before entering pool. Maintain a clean filter with periodic cleaning. Shock treat with Oxy-Brite after heavy pool use to destroy non-filterable contaminants. Use Natural Clear weekly.