Correcting My Pool

Here's When It's A Good Idea To Call For A Professional Inspection Of Your Pool

Comprehensive pool inspections are commonly necessary when you're looking to buy or sell a home, but they can also come in handy when your pool is experiencing issues that don't have an immediately visible cause. Constant water loss, negative health effects, and failing pool system efficiency are all good reasons to call for a complete inspection.

Needing Filling More Often

If you notice your pool needs to be filled more often than usual, it could be more than just the weather. Pool leaks can be hard to detect even if they're causing your pool to lose noticeably more water than usual. If this water loss is consistent despite being careful about wasting water, and if there's no sudden change in weather that could otherwise cause this, you may have a leak that needs to be found.

Some other signs of leaks include damp patches in nearby soil, areas of earth that seem to be sinking, or difficulty keeping your pool's pH levels where they should be.

Adverse Health Symptoms

Keeping water levels within their normal range is important both for protecting your pool equipment and making sure the water doesn't cause any harm to people swimming in it. This includes the water's pH or base/acidity level, but also its alkalinity, chlorine, calcium, and cyanuric acid levels.

If you use your pool regularly, you might notice some adverse health effects if your pool's water levels are too far outside their normal ranges. These could include things like red and irritated eyes, difficulty breathing, coughing, and even chemical burns. If you notice these or any other unusual symptoms whenever you swim, there could be something off with your water that needs to be addressed immediately. Call for professional assistance before your pool is used again.

Pool Equipment is Losing Efficiency

Pool equipment, like pumps and filters and motors, will slowly lose effectiveness over time like most other mechanical components. When they suddenly start to lose efficiency, however, this is usually a sign that something is going wrong, and it's not limited only to component failure.

If the parts themselves still seem to be operating—for example, if the pump still turns on and moves water—another possibility could be corrosion. This is more common with, though not completely exclusive to, salt water pools. In either case, corrosion can wear down important components and cause them to lose their effectiveness.

Apart from water levels not being where they should be, this can happen if your pool system uses a sacrificial anode rod that has gone too long without being replaced. These rods are designed to corrode to protect the rest of your pool's components, and if the old rod has worn down too much, the rest of your system will start to experience corrosion as well. A comprehensive swimming pool inspection can help locate the cause of the inefficiency and also determine the steps needed to correct this problem beyond just the repair or replacement of the affected parts.