A majority of homes in West Palm Beach, Florida, and the surrounding areas, have private pools. Swimming pools come with unique issues, like stains, that frequently need professional treatment.
When the hot Floridian climate beacons for a dip in your swimming pool, you envision clear water and care-free fun. Be sure that your vision isn’t tainted by unattractive stains on the side of your pool walls. Stains can be caused by a variety of reasons, from plant life to metals in the water. If these stains are left untreated they can spread and really have a negative effect on the overall image of your pool. Stains usually indicate an imbalance in the chemicals in the pool water, particularly if they are caused by some kind of metal. Take the time to take care of stains now, so they do not become a bigger problem in the future. The Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches is a certified stain specialist, and they can help you combat and prevent staining problems.
What causes stains in my swimming pool?
Staining is often caused by organic material like algae and bacteria. Having these materials in your pool can discolor the water and leave stains on the sides of the pool. This type of stain is usually green, black, yellow, or pink. Typically, you can remove organic stains yourself if you use a special treatment like granular chlorine or calcium hypochlorite pool shock.
Having metals in the water can also cause staining or scaling. Metals in the water are an indication that the balance of the pool water chemistry is off. It can cause discoloration and could rust and erode the pool equipment faster as well. Potential metals found in the water could include: calcium, aluminum, cobalt, copper, magnesium, or iron. Metal stains are frequently found on the plaster and tile grout. The staining color will vary depending on the type of metal that is causing the stain. The following is a quick guide for the most common metal stains.
|Iron||Dark colors like red, brown, black, gray, or green||Well water, pipe corrosion|
|Copper||Blue, green (or blue/green), black, dark red, or teal||Fittings and heaters, pipe corrosion, copper algaecides, ionizers|
|Calcium||White crystals||Plaster, mortar, grout|
|Cobalt||Red, blue, gray, or black||Fiberglass shell|
How do I remove metal stains in my pool?
It’s easier if you leave this type of stain to the professionals. The type of treatment that your pool needs will depend on the source of the metal stain. When a professional comes in to clean, they will first test the water to determine what is causing the stain so they can treat it effectively.
Some stains are extremely difficult to remove, even for professionals. Jack’s Magic is the industry leader in treating and preventing pool stains, so they have created a training and certification program that teaches professionals the best methods to deal with pool stains. The Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches has gone through this training, so they know the most time effective and cost effective ways to effectively remove stains from your pool.
West Palm Beach pool owners should opt for stain prevention rather than stain removal.
One of the best ways to deal with pool stains is to prevent them before they even start. Keeping your pool water balanced and getting frequent cleanings will curb stain development. Weekly pool services are a great idea to avoid costly maintenance later. The Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches offers this type of service as well. They will test the water weekly, balance the chemicals, and do a thorough cleaning during each session.
For more information about stain removal and prevention, contact The Pool Doctor.