When you prepare to step into your swimming pool, you expect a crystalline, azure expanse to greet you. But you sometimes see an unsightly swimming pool stain instead, especially after periods of little pool maintenance. As installers of quality swimming pool resurfacing products, we at AquaGuard 5000 can help you identify swimming pool stains below.
What Color Is Your Pool Stain?
First, identify the color of the stain to gauge how it might have formed.
Green or Brown
If the stain has an unappetizing green or brown color, it probably originated from decaying organic materials like leaves, dirt, or algae.
Red or Blue
Despite the bright hues such stains feature, these colors may also occur from organic materials like berries or flowers.
Purple to Black
These dark stains appear due to the presence of metals like manganese. Do you source your pool water from a well? Well water contains higher levels of minerals like manganese.
Blue to Green
Like red, blue, and brown, greenish blue indicates the presence of organic matter. This organic matter probably hasn’t begun to decay yet.
Red to Brown
The presence of iron often accompanies a reddish-brown stain. Mineral-rich well water may again be the main culprit.
Removing Pool Stains
How do you get rid of an unsightly pool stain and safely reap the benefits of swimming? First, you’ll need to obtain a testing kit according to the color of the stain. Then, follow these steps to determine the stain’s origin and removal method.
Although the stain’s color can help you figure out what caused it, you want to make sure first. Based on the color of the stain, purchase a kit for either organic or metallic stains. Test the water to verify the cause.
Organic Stain Removal
If you have an organic stain, start the removal process by adding a water balance product to the pool. After balancing the water, use a pool shocker to kill any organisms living off the materials. Take these final steps to eliminate the stain:
- Brush the pool’s surfaces to loosen and remove any organic material still clinging to the walls or floor.
- Circulate the water through the pool pump throughout the night.
- Return the following day to scrub the pool once more.
Maintain a regular cleaning and testing routine to prevent the stains from returning.
Metal Stain Removal
After confirming the presence of metals in the water, shop for a pool stain remover that works with metals. Carefully read and follow the instructions on the product label. Although you may want to acid wash your pool, you should only use this method as a last resort.
Prevent Pool Stains with AquaGuard 5000
At AquaGuard 5000, we know that the best pool stain prevention method is stain-resistant resurfacing epoxy. This durable material costs less than pool plaster and isn’t conducive to staining organisms like algae and metal. Get a free estimate from us today.