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How to tackle common pool stains

Organic stains

Tannins in leaves and other organic debris can leach out into the water and cause staining where it is resting.

As leaves and other organic materials make their way into the pool, and settle to the bottom, the tannins in the leaves can leach out into the water and cause staining where they were resting. This is pretty common as leaves sit on winter covers or at
the bottom of the pool during the off-season.

Oftentimes these stains will go away after the pool’s water chemistry is balanced and shocked to increase the chlorine level.

Galvanic corrosion

Galvanic corrosion is an electrochemical process in which one metal corrodes preferentially to another when both metals are in electrical contact in the presence of an electrolyte.

This occurs in pools equipped with salt generators every minute the cell is making chlorine. When galvanic corrosion happens, the corroded metals in the water can reach a saturation point and begin to stain the surface of the pool.

It does not corrode the salt cell because it is made of a more noble metal than pool ladders and light rings, etc. Adding a sacrificial anode made of zinc will help to slow down the occurrence of galvanic corrosion.

Zinc is a less noble metal than other metals associated with the pool, so it sacrifices itself to save the other metals from corroding. For this reason, it is a good idea to use a non-phosphate sequesterant as a maintenance tool in salt pools.

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2 comments on “How to tackle common pool stains”

  1. I have an above ground pool it stay green now the pump seem to want go out it’s making this sound so I purchased a new pump it’s doing the same thing hard to get someone to come look at it any suggestion

  2. We’re having some staining in our hot pool, is there someone I can contact to discuss this… I can also send pictures.

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