Is your pool equipment ready for the summer?
As you get ready for pool season, you’re going to want to make sure that all your equipment is in good shape. A malfunctioning filter or pump is all it takes to put a damper on your summer.
First-time pool owners say this can be a little intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. You may have to study the procedures a few times when you first do it or to make it easy and less stressful contact your local reliable pool service company to make sure your pool equipment is ready for the summer. If you choose to do on your own here are a few steps and recommendations to get you on your way.
Three kinds of filtration systems are typically used by most pool owners: DE, or diatomaceous earth, sand, and cartridge.
DE filters are different because the DE is what filters the water. The fine white powder is the crushed exoskeletons of fossilized diatoms. These tiny ancient organisms are porous and make a great natural filter. You will have to add new DE to the skimmer and run the system. You’ll know you have enough DE when the gauge falls below 8 pounds of pressure or an indicator strip says it is safe.
If you have a sand filter, a clue you have a faulty filter is an apparent obstruction. You’ll notice that water flow is slower because of debris. Backwashing will take care of this. Sand in the filter should be changed every four or five years because the sand becomes less coarse over time.
If you use a cartridge, you will probably have to replace your filter less often. These kinds of filters contain more surface area and, therefore, clog less often and are easier to maintain. The first step is to remove any debris, such as hair or another build-up. Use a detergent made for cleaning pool filters that can be found at the hardware store. These are usually spray-on detergents that are simply hosed off afterward.
Pool pumps are an integral part of your inground swimming pool equipment. To check if yours is working properly, first turn it on and let it run for a half-hour or more. The goal is to make sure the device is mechanically sound to observe and see the water is circulating correctly throughout your whole pool. If your pump is humming, making loud noises or regurgitating water, you might need a replacement. While the filter is running, take a few minutes to inspect your swimming pool for leaks by walking around it and doing a thorough visual inspection.
It is not unusual to have to prime your pump when you first open your pool for the season. First, you will want to purge any water from the pump and system. Then, fill the lines with water and let it run. The number of steps required to prime your pump will depend upon how much water is present on the suction side in the water lines. These are the lines that connect the pump to the swimming pool. If you’ve installed a new pool and there is no water in the lines, expect to do this repeatedly. If you have no water or very little water in the lines, it will be apparent because of the low-pressure readings.
Swimming pool equipment suppliers will carry the things you need. We recommend Hayward pool products. Google pool equipment near me to find suppliers near to you. If you are in NJ and live in Morris, Sussex, Bergen and Warren counties contact Atlantic Pools and Spas for all of your equipment components. Atlantic Pools and Spas can also do a thorough inspection and make sure all your pool equipment is ready for the summer. Inspecting your components will keep your pool open and avoid unwanted surprises.
But please remember if you choose to do yourself and do not do properly – Pool equipment repair is much more expensive than pool maintenance. An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure, and no truer words were ever spoken when it comes to your swimming pool.