We see a lot of swimming pools. Big pools, small ones, some with spas, others with fountains. Some of them are custom designs with exquisite surfaces or negative-edges. Some work with pumps that can operate at different speeds. But, despite servicing hundreds of pools, the majority of them experience the same recurring issues and we’ve highlighted those 4 issues that start off minor but with enough time and neglect, become very major problems to deal with.
Little/Poor Water Circulation
If your pool pump is running, but you very little water circulating, you have yourself a problem. Stagnant water can be caused by a few different things. The first thing you want to check is your pump. Most pumps have a clear, screw-on, cap that you can very easily see if what is being drawn in.
If you notice water trickling in or, even worse, no water is drawing through at all, you most likely have an air leak. Somewhere in the suction side of your piping (pipes in front of the pump) there is a broken seal causing your pump to draw in air. You can find the location of the air leak by slowly pouring water over the pipes leading into your pump (while the pump is running). You will hear, and sometimes see, water being sucked into the pump. This is where the air leak is and now you can easily seal the leaked area.
If, on the other hand, you do see water flowing through your pump at full capacity, but still little circulation, you may be experiencing a clog in the impeller of the pump. While, it’s advised you call a pool repair company you can also take apart the pump to remove the debris from the impeller yourself.
Lastly, poor circulation could very well be caused by an old or clogged filter. Filters should be cleaned about once per month (more or less depending on demand on the filter itself) with a high-pressure hose to remove debris. If neglected for too long, the clogged filter will actually inhibit water flow. Filters should also be replaced about once per year.
It’s a very common myth. We’ve had customers call us worried that there isn’t chlorine in the pool simply based on not smelling any. If you’ve ever been to a public pool or hot tub in an amusement park or hotel, you’re sure to have smelled what you think is chlorine. In reality what you’re smelling isn’t chlorine but chloramine (and that’s not a good thing). Chloramines are bonds between chlorine and ammonia and in pool terms, represent the presence of “used up chlorine”. So instead of thinking that smelling chlorine is a good sign that things are fine and dandy, quite the opposite is true. Ideally you don’t want to be smelling any chemicals. In the event that you do, the remedy is simple and that’s to shock your pool.
Proper pool chemistry plays a very important part in healthy pool maintenance. Aside from just making sure you have sufficient chlorine levels, it’s very important to pay close attention to the pH of your pool. If the pH of your pool climbs too high, the water is considered basic. As well as pH, it’s also imperative you monitor calcium levels of your pool. When calcium levels become too high, you will begin to notice white deposits on your pool tile. To bring this unbalanced water back to equilibrium, add muriatic or hydrochloric acid to neutralize pH and drain a few inches of your pool and refill with fresh water. From there monitor daily until pH and calcium hardness is back to normal levels.