Often, many water and surface problems can be handled by the individual pool owner. The information below provides solutions to some common pool issues. Always make sure the water is properly balanced prior to any addition of corrective chemicals.
Pool filters are essential to reliable operation. The truth is that no matter how hard we try, it is inevitable that dust, dirt and debris will make their way into the water of any swimming pool. Leave such unwanted pollution untreated and it’s likely to accumulate rather quickly, creating cloudy water and ideal conditions for an algae population. Which variety you opt for can be as much a matter of personal preference as it is necessary.
How do pool filters work? The basic operation is the same across the board – such filters operate by pumping the swimming pool water through some kind of barrier to trap particulates in the solution. Nearly every pool will completely cycle its water through the filtration system several times a day. Choosing which filter to buy requires that you understand something about the benefits, cost and maintenance regimen associated with each.
To the amateur eye, a swimming pool is a beautiful, fun oasis to relax and play. We don’t see most of the expensive machinery in a pool system, because it’s usually tucked away in a nearby pump room.
The heart of the pool system is the water pump. In a typical pump system, an electric motor spins an impeller inside the pump housing. The impeller drives the water from the various drains through the filter and back out to the water inlets. Just before it flows into the pump, the water passes through a metal strainer basket that catches leaves and other large debris that might clog the pump.
For a safe and fun experience, be sure to thoroughly clean your pool every week during the swimming season. Here are some tips to keep you on track.
Skim Off Leaves and Debris
Use a long-handled leaf skimmer to gather up leaves, insects, and any other debris floating on the surface of the pool. Try to remove debris before it sinks to the bottom of your pool where it becomes difficult to remove and may create stains.
Use a brush to remove dirt that has collected on the sides and bottom of your pool. Brush sediment toward the main drain so it can be easily vacuumed.
Submerge your vacuum head and hose, before hooking up the vacuum to the filter.
You should also clean out your skimmer(s) weekly or more often if necessary. Removing debris allows the skimmer to operate at maximum efficiency.
Check Water Circulation
Your pool’s circulation system includes the skimmer, pump, pump strainer, drains, and filter. The system helps chemicals work effectively and ensures that water is properly filtered. Run your pump long enough each day to make sure the water is properly filtered and keep each item clean and in good condition.
The three most popular types of filters — sand, cartridge, and vertical grid DE — screen out debris and particles from your pool water. You should clean and maintain your filter according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Test your pool water frequently (daily or weekly depending on use) and add chemicals if necessary, following manufacturers’ directions. A regular shock treatment cleanses the water of algae, bacteria, dirt, and any other organic matter that may have entered the pool. Follow manufacturer’s directions for shock treatments.