The signs that your pool needs to be cleaned can be obvious or subtle. In this blog post, we’ll outline some of the top signs that your pool needs to be cleaned. Proper pool maintenance and cleaning is essential for the continued health of both you and your pool. Take 10 Pools offers residential pool maintenance and commercial pool maintenance in Mesa, Arizona. Contact Take 10 Pools immediately if your pool exhibits any of these signs!

Commercial Pool Health Data

If you’re not aware of the CDC’s May 2016 study on public swimming pool inspections, it might be worth a quick read. The study takes an in-depth look at areas with high concentrations of swimming pools, including California, Arizona, and Texas. The data are incredibly robust and include results from 84,187 inspections of 48,632 public aquatic facilities (this number includes pools, hot tubs, waterparks, and more, but we’ll just be focusing on pools in this post). N

ow, we’ll leave it to you to fully explore the data, but here are two data points worth keeping in mind as you read:

  1. Eight out of 10 commercial pool inspections included at least one cleanliness violation.
  2. One out of every eight commercial pool inspections led to the immediate closure of the facility.

If public pools with regular inspections can tend to score poorly on cleanliness, a residential pool without a regular pool inspection schedule has the potential to be much, much worse.

Signs of a Dirty Pool

We know that the weather in Arizona can make it difficult to resist jumping into your residential pool, even when the quality of the water is questionable. However, it’s essential to ensure that your pool’s water is clean and safe before getting in. Look for these signs in your residential pool before you dive in:

Cloudy Water

Cloudy pool water can be indicative of poor maintenance and environmental pollution. Failing to properly cover your pool can allow rainwater carrying contaminants from areas around the pool to seep into the water, causing your pool’s water to become murky. Cloudy pool water can also signify a high concentration of chemicals. Chlorine, water sanitizers, and a high pH level can all cause pool water to become cloudy. Call Take 10 Pools immediately if your pool water is cloudy, and definitely don’t take the risk of jumping in.


This point should be fairly obvious, but it’s a point that is worth reiterating: don’t go in your pool if you notice that algae is growing in it. Most people don’t know that algae grows in varieties that can be toxic and, in some cases, fatal. Some varieties of algae produce what’s known as cyanobacteria; in plain English, this is the green, slimy layer of algae that you’ll commonly see on the surfaces of lakes. It has a foul and off-putting smell to it, and it can be toxic to both humans and animals. It’s worth noting that not all algae varieties are visible, so you should always be on the lookout for any unfamiliar smells emitted by your pool.

Red Eyes After Swimming

Are your eyes itchy and red after a session in the pool? Red eyes after swimming can be a sign that your pool water is in desperate need of a thorough cleaning. Dirt, sweat, oil, and other human-originating contaminants can cause your water to become irritating to the eyes, even if you’re fairly meticulous about regulating the chemicals in your pool.

Take 10 Pools is Mesa’s top resource for commercial and residential pool cleaning services. We specialize in pool maintenance and we are happy to help you with any pool-related questions you might have. Contact us by phone or by email today!

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