The Truth About Pool Pumps and Filters

Pool pumps should be running for a significant portion of the day, especially during summer, since this will provide the best filtration results. However, if you own a pool, you know that you will need a significant budget to sustain that. At minimum, you should aim to run your pool pumps at least 8 hours a day, because this consistent circulation will keep the water healthy and clean.

Depending on how much debris your pool has, you should backwash your filter. This can be achieved by reversing the water flow and directing the water out of a waste port the flows out of your pool. However, the type of filter you have will determine how you backwash, and the main goal is to remove all the dirt so it will not clog the pipes and other areas far from you to clean.

What’s the right pool chemistry?

When it comes to basic pool chemistry, you must stay on top of things, or the imbalance may get out of hand. This means you need a good water testing kit to use before putting chemicals in your pool. It is essential to know the exact chemistry of your pool, so you know how to adjust this without wasting time and money. Here are some of the most important things to test for, as well as some maintenance tips:

  • pH levels: This is the measurement of acidity in your pool water. The normal levels should be between 0 – 14 pH on the scale. It would help to keep your pool within the neutral level of about 7.4 to 7.6.
  • Alkalinity: It’s a pH buffer that helps in preventing acidity. The range should be between 100 to 150 ppm.
  • Sanitiser: The best sanitiser you can use can either be chlorine or bromine since this can kill microorganisms and bacteria. Although the levels will vary depending on the type of sanitiser you’re using.

You’ll need to test your pool water at least once a week with a good testing kit. When using this kit, you must follow all directions on the manual, carefully adjust the chemicals according to the results. Also, it’s essential to collect sample once a month and bring it to a pool supply store or to a pool cleaning specialist. They can provide you with some advice and have some advanced testing equipment that can provide you with a more accurate result, especially when it comes to your pool’s chemical composition.

When to call a professional?

If you noticed some cracks, leaks, or anything that you are not capable of fixing, we recommend that you call a pool cleaning and service professional so they can take a look. In fact, the problem could get out of hand if you ignore it, and that will end up costing you a ton of money for a major repair.

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