Myrtle Beach poolWe hear from people all the time about a wide range of questions concerning your Myrtle Beach pool. Here are some of the most common questions and issues, and the information you need to answer them.

The Top Ten Questions About Your Myrtle Beach Pool Care

1.   Why Is The Water Green?

Usually, the answer is found in the chlorine. Not enough chlorine will cause green or black patches in corners, near steps, etc. Your pool needs the right amount of chlorine and it also needs proper water circulation in order to run correctly. The filter should be running at least 8 hours each day during high use season, and no less than 6 hours during colder months. Low chlorine levels can be caused by not checking and adding each evening as needed, not enough time with the pump running, black algae, or the chlorinator not working. If you have a saltwater pool, low salt can also cause insufficient chlorine levels. The answer is to shock the pool water and bring the chlorine levels back to normal.

2.   Why is my pool water cloudy?

This takes us back to the first question because cloudy pool water is usually what you see when the water is getting ready to turn green. So, it would be crucial to check the chemical levels each evening and make sure you are adding the right amount. Calcium deposits from chlorine in a granular form could also contribute to cloudiness. Call us here at Elko Pools for advice on how to handle cloudy water!

3.   I think my pool might be leaking, what could be causing it?

First, make sure that it isn’t just normal amounts of evaporation. It can vary from place to place, but you can expect at least an inch or two of water to evaporate weekly. If you see that it’s much higher than this amount, call us here at Elko Spas Billiards & Pools.

4.   How Do I Get Rid Of Algae Blackspots?

Algae grow when the chlorine levels are too low. It can attach itself to the tiles and surface of your Myrtle Beach pool if not treated. There is a special chemical to kill it when you first see it. In major cases, the pool may have to be drained in order to get rid of it.

5.   How frequently should I check my pool water chemical levels?

ALWAYS check the chemical balance in the water after a rain event. If you have a chlorine pool, you should perform daily chemical checks and balance as needed. Saltwater pools can go every couple of weeks.

6.   What Kind Of Chlorine Should I Use?

In saltwater pools, always use a liquid chlorine because the granular form tends to leave calcium deposits, which cause cloudiness. In regular pools, there are many forms and you can use whichever is most convenient and cost-efficient for you. Ask your Myrtle Beach pool pro for your swimming pool care Myrtle Beach needs!

7.   Why Won’t My Pool Chlorine Levels Stay Balanced?

Most likely, the reason is due to insufficient chlorine stabilizer. Call us here at Elko Pools and Spas and we will come test to make sure it isn’t due to other issues.

8.   Why Do My Kids Get Ear Aches After Swimming?

When kids are in the water a lot, they can easily develop what’s known as “tropic ear” and it’s simply due to dampness in the ear. It is a fungus that grows in damp ears but can be very easily treated. The best pool care and prevention is teaching children to always dry their ears well after swimming.

9.   How Long Should I Let My Chlorinator And Filter Run?

The rule of thumb is: 6 hours each day for chlorine pools and about 8 hours each day for saltwater pools.

10.  Why Is My Swimming Pool Making Gurgling Sounds?

This is usually caused by low water levels. Be sure and get the air out of the filter and make sure that the water is always halfway or more above the skimmer opening.

We’ll be covering another set of frequently asked questions next time, so check our blog often! Your Myrtle Beach pool is in good hands with the experts at Elko Spas Billiards & Pools, so don’t hesitate to call us today with any questions, or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer and get out and enjoy your Myrtle Beach pool!

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 294-3556

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