How to maintain your swimming pool equipment  

by Pool Builders on 09-01-2010 in Articles

Your basic pool equipment consists of a pump, and a sand filter.

It is not uncommon for homeowners to find when starting up their pool at the beginning of summer, that something is not working properly. This can cause unnecessary stress, and in particular, at a time when your pool is needed the most.

There are a few simple steps you can take in maintaining your pool equipment, so that you can avoid these types of scenarios. Preventative maintenance can eliminate a lot of costly repairs and is something that should be done on a regular basis.

During the colder months, get into the habit of doing a visual check of your pool equipment at least once a month. For the warmer months, your pool is likely to be used more frequently, and you should visually check the equipment once a week.

When a pump is running under normal conditions, it should be barely noticeable and you should familiarize yourself with how it sounds.

If it starts to sound noisy, or it begins to surge, that would indicate that either the bearings are starting to wear, or you have encountered a leak in the system somewhere.

Identifying problems early can prevent costly repairs and if your visual checks uncover water lying around the pump or filter, get it looked at as soon as you can.

Water lying below a pump suggests that your seal may be leaking and this can eventually leak into the bearings. In a short period of time your bearings will start to seize and this is what would cause the loud noise.

Water lying around the filter would suggest that your seals in your multi port valve might need changing.

Your filter needs to be backwashed at least once a month in order to allow the filter media to keep the water clean. Filters that aren't backwashed regularly can cause circulation problems and can put your pump under enormous pressure

In summary, be aware of any leaks around your equipment, and keep an ear out for pumps that sound noisy.

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