The overwhelming presence of iron in pool water can have catastrophic effects on your pool, hair and nails, which means it’s important to be aware of the signs of excessive iron before it causes your pool to rust.
HOW DOES IRON GET INTO POOLS
The majority of your pool’s iron comes from its fill water. If your fill water originates from a well, it needs to be purified, and purification may cause its metals to build up in pipes and other spaces before reaching your pool, thus deteriorating them and any other surrounding equipment that it passes through in the process, leading to copper being released into your pool water.
WHAT DOES IRON DO TO POOLS & SWIMMERS
Too much iron in your pool can result in its walls, pump, equipment and flooring being stained with rust, and the damage doesn’t stop there. Anyone who swims in your pool can also potentially find their hair and nails stained as well!
In time, the rust will result in corrosion, which can cause copper metal to make its way into your pool water and corrode your pipes, pumps, and other metal fixtures as well.
HOW TO IDENTIFY RUST IN YOUR POOL WATER
The best way to identify rust in your pool water is to take a sample to your local pool store to get it tested for iron. Visually, you’ll likely notice your pool water having an oxidized brown tint to it if your iron levels are highly concentrated.
HOW TO GET RUST OUT OF POOL WATER
You can get iron/rust out of your pool water by purchasing an iron remover, shock treating your pool with the help of pHin, separating your oxidized metal from the water and vacuuming it out, and/or brushing your pool walls and other surfaces. It’s best you seek a treatment plan from your local pool store after having your water tested to determine the best course of action for your unique situation.