5 Most Common Backyard Pool Repairs  

by Pool Builders on 11-11-2014 in Articles

If you live in the state of Arizona, having a swimming pool in your backyard is almost a prerequisite rather than a luxury due to the incredible climate we enjoy. As amazing as it is to have your own pool, there are a range of problems that can appear, and we analyze the five most common below.
Clogged Pump Impeller
This happens when your pump basket has holes or is incorrectly installed. Either way, debris gets past and becomes caught in the impeller. A warning sign is when pump pressure falls along with the flow rate. If this happens, shut off the power, and try to pick the impeller out without the need to disassemble. Otherwise, you will have to open up the pump and expose the impeller. You can use a piece of curved wire to get rid of debris, such as pebbles or seeds.
Leaking Pool Filter
You can avoid most problems through regular filter replacement, but leaks can sometimes appear. Leaking filters can be dangerous and should typically be replaced immediately. If there are tiny leaks by the air bleeder assembly, try using a replacement o-ring or add new Teflon tape to the pressure gauge threads.
Malfunctioning Heater
There are many reasons why your pool heater may not be working, but most of the time, a clogged impeller or dirty filter is the culprit. In both cases, flow is reduced to the point where the pressure switch is preventing the heater from being turned on. You will need to check the heater to find the problem; it could be caused by a gas valve, pilot light, thermostat, or fuse. In the event you have the controller in the house, you need the heater in the auto position.
Pool Cleaner Is Clogged
An item can get caught in the cleaner and dragged around the pool. The pool cleaner could get stuck on a pool toy, large leaves, or small branches, for example. This issue is easily solved by simply removing the item. There could also be a clog in the cleaner hose; to unplug it, you need to use a strainer, as this can prevent a clog deep inside the cleaner. All it takes are small grains of plaster to prevent internal jets from firing properly.
Leaking Skimmer
Always check the skimmer first if there is a leak in the pool. The good news is that you can purchase pool putty to permanently repair skimmer leaks. If there are cracks by the concrete pool wall's junction, you may have to pack in white plaster mix. However, all it takes is some movement for these cracks to reappear. Look for small bits of debris sucked into a crack in order to find a skimmer leak.
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I hope you find the above tips useful, but remember that this just scratches the surface of the potential issues and fixes associated with backyard swimming pool problems. When in doubt, it is always best to consult a professional service organization like Sparkle Pools that specializes in swimming pool repairs.

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