Swimming Pool Maintenance - Pool Pumps and Filters

by Pool Builders on 10-09-2009 in Articles

Proper swimming pool maintenance is the only way to ensure a happy pool season! You can never be too careful and cautious about keeping the pool problem free. Swimming pool maintenance requires a regular schedule to check and work on the pump and filter in particular. Your maintenance schedule needs to be divided into daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal checks and routine follow-up procedures.

Regular maintenance involves cleaning, backwashing and even shocking your pool occasionally, apart from adding chemicals as per your regular water chemistry test results. As pool health depends a great deal upon pool equipment, these also need due attention, cleaning and maintenance.

Pool pumps are essential to keep the water circulating through the filters optimally. Sluggish pumps can cause major problems for you by promoting build-up of algae and making the water unfit for swimming. Inefficient pump means you would have dirt, debris and grime on the water as well as on the pool surfaces - not a pleasant sight and definitely not very inviting to swimmers! Pumps should be checked on a weekly basis and any torn valves of seals ought to be attended to at once.

When choosing a pump, you need to keep in mind the turnover rate that the pump is expected to provide.  An effective pump would run all of the water in your pool through the filter system once every ten hours. To do this, it must be chosen based on the size of your pool, the right horsepower and the best use of electricity. The efficiency of a pool pump can be gauged in GPM or how many gallons of water it can pump each minute. Be sure that once you have calculated the Gallons per Minute rate (GPM) for the pump, your plumbing and filter are compatible with that figure and are designed to handle it.

The pool filter is probably the most important investment you will make to maintain your pool in good health! It is the equipment that will be expected to trap all kinds of contaminants, dirt and debris, so, this is not the best equipment on which to pinch pennies. In fact, go for the largest pool filter you can find for your pool capacity. Such an investment could actually save you money in the long run by reducing the number of chemical interventions you might otherwise need during the season to keep the pool clean. The filter system in your pool must be monitored diligently. If you notice any significant change in the pressure, it means your filters need a more thorough cleaning than backwashing. With sand filters, preventive maintenance is mostly about checking for depletion. If any is noticed, you need to top up the filter with the appropriate grade of sand. A good filter system can potentially spell the difference between a great pool season and a harrowing one.

Though there are numerous aspects to swimming pool maintenance, you will find that practically all problems your pool develops are due to faulty or inefficient pump and filter systems. So, knowing more about these can help you enjoy a happy pool season!

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