Troubleshooting Tips For a Clean Pool

Troubleshooting Tips For a Clean Pool

Clean pool that sparkles

Tips for Maintaining a Sparkling Clean Pool

Information Supplied by BioGuard – USA, SA, Australia 

Eye and Skin Irritations and that Horrible Chlorine Smell

This is a sure way to ruin everyone’s fun – and invite trouble later. But why does it happen?

  • Your pH was, or is, too low. Test and see, then adjust your pool water with BioGuard Balance Pak 200.
  • Irritation or odor persists. Water-soluble swimmer wastes may have been building up in your pool. In that case add BioGuard Burn Out.

Cloudy Water

What to do depends on the cause.

  • Chemical residue. You’re routinely using a chlorine that does not dissolve completely and leaves residues. If so, switch to one of the fully soluble stabilised chlorines from BioGuard.
  • Swimmer wastes. There’s a build-up of these water-soluble wastes. In that case, remove them with BioGuard Burn Out.
  • Poor filtration and circulation. Check the operation and main-tenance of the pump and filter. Chemically clean the filter sand with Strip Kwik.
  • Particulate matter. Small particles pass right through the filter. A dose of Polysheen Blue will make it easier for the filter to remove particles and bring back the sparkle.

Colored Water

Your pool water should be a clear blue. Any tinges of discolouration can be a sign of trouble.

  • Green water can be caused by algae, poor filtration, improper pH, copper, or small amounts of iron.
  • Reddish-brown or grey water can be caused be manganese and larger amounts of iron tint water reddish-brown and gray.
  • Getting the color out. For green water, test for pH, make necessary adjustments, and use the proper algaecide if necessary. If metals are present, add BioGuard Pool Magnet to tie up metal deposits and remove discolouration. Run the filter 24 hours a day until the condition clears. The addition of BioGuard Sparkle Up can aid in the removal of metals and improve filtration.


When you see them, you already have about 30 million algae per ounce of pool water. Time to bring on the BioGuard heavies.

  • Green floating algae. Use Burn Out and BioGuard MSA II Algaecide or Algae Killer.
  • Black algae which cling to walls, floors, and cracks in the pool’s finish. Use BioGuard MSA II Algaecide or Algae Killer.
  • Mustard-coloured algae which is resistant to chlorine. It brushes off easily but quickly returns. Use BioGuard MSA II Algaecide.
  • Prevention. Keep algae away with regular preventative treatments of BioGuard Back Up Algae Inhibitor.

In severe cases, a second treatment may be needed.


  • Always add algaecides according to label directions.
  • The day after treatment you should be able to vacuum your pool crystal clear.
  • When using chemicals, always follow manufacturer’s label directions precisely and use exact quantities specified. Never mix chemicals together unless directions to say to.
  • When applying chemicals, add chemicals to water – don’t add water to chemicals. Follow all handling and storage directions carefully.
Janek is a talented professional photographer and designer who has had more than 45 printed books published, and has contributed to many more. Born in the United Kingdom, he has lived in South Africa for most of his life, and has a wealth of experience that spans a wide range of different media types and styles. He quit a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry to follow his heart, working first for daily newspapers, and then on magazines, photographing everything from wildlife to exclusive elegant homes, pools and gardens. Self employed since the 1980s, he launched his first give away advertising-powered publication, Home Care, which had a circulation of 100,000 copies and was distributed free in metropolitan areas. He was co-publisher of a national swimming pool publication for eight years where he gained a wealth of knowledge about pools and spas, which he can now pass on to the visitors to Into the 21st century, Janek’s focus has changed, and today he builds websites, including several of his own and is co-owner of Pools Professor.


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