Running the Pool Pump - When, Why and For How Long

by Pool Builders on 06-22-2010 in Articles

A lot of maintenance comes with swimming pools, along with fairly complicated equipment, like pool pumps, which are essential to keep pool water clean and healthy.

When it comes to pumps, most pool owners end up getting confused about how long they should let the pump run, when it should run and why. There is no one simple answer to this because the amount of time the pump has to run depends on the size of the pool, frequency of use and various other things. There are, however, some simple things that can help end the confusion.

Some Basic Truths

The most important thing to understand is that your pool pump needs to run long enough each day to filter all the pool's water at least once. Twice or thrice is even better, but once is good enough if you are concerned about the electricity bill. If a lot of people swim in the pool often, though, you might have to filter the water a minimum of two times.

It is very important that all of the water in the pool has managed to run through the filter. One particular rule of thumb is that if the water looks clean, blue and sparkly, it is fine. So make sure that the pump is run at least once a day, and look at the water. If it looks clean, the pump has likely done its job; if not, run the water through the pump once more.

Some Ways To Determine The Working Time Of A Pool Pump

· You can try asking the neighbors about how many times and for how long they run their pool pumps. If someone has a pool of the exact same size as yours, even better!

· Observe when the pool is used the most and run the filters accordingly. Determine when debris like leaves falls into the pool and run the pump then, so you can make sure all the impurities are caught before they sink.

· Try running the pump for different time periods, during different hours during the day. After observing for 3-4 days, you should be able to tell when, and for how long, the pump is most effective.

· While some pool owners prefer to run the pump 24 hours a day, it is not an energy efficient option and your power bill will hit the roof. Try using chemicals to treat the pool water so you can keep the pump's run time down to a minimum.

While these tips can help, there is, unfortunately, no particular way to determine just how long your pool pump should be running and why. Mostly, it is just a trial and error thing because each pool is used differently. In case you find yourself confused, you can always turn to a professional for advice.

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