Swimming Pool Maintenance
Swimming pool maintenance can get tricky. From plumbing to heaters, from public pool to industrial pool maintenance, understand what to do before, during, and after any swimming pool issue, you come across. Do you want to maximize the profitability and safety of the swimming pool in your care?
Here is some useful swimming pool maintenance information to get you started. Maximize the safety, viability, and profits of your industrial, institutional, and public pools. First and foremost, we recommend that you learn about the basic pool parts and how they operate.
If you need institutional pool maintenance, give your members the quality they pay for using the best knowledge and resources available in your area. When it comes to public pool maintenance, liability is a huge issue. Ensure the safety of the swimmers and you’ll have peace of mind.
Your pool filter might have too much or too little pressure, or perhaps none at all. The pressure might be rising too slowly or quickly. There may be leaking around the water clamp or the filter could be allowing dirt to be released back into the pool.
Did you know that not every filtration problem is a filter issue? Your skimmer could be clogged or closed or you might have a problem with your pump or valve.
A pool heat pump is an appliance designed to heat pool water, similar to a gas or solar pool heater. Unlike gas heaters, heat pumps transfer heat rather than produce it. It transfers the sun-warmed air directly to your pool, so you can open your outdoor pool earlier in the year while saving yourself utility costs.
With proper care, heat pumps can last 10-20 years. You’ll need to maintain it properly in order to get the full life out of it. Compared to gas heaters, they require less maintenance, but mechanical problems arise with anything of this nature. Do you know the signs to look for?
If it isn’t heating properly, you need to check to see if there’s ice developing on the coils. This can happen when the outside temperature is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. When this happens, you might see an error code on the pump display.
You should be prepared for any possible problems with your gas pool heater if that’s what you’re using at the moment. If you feel overwhelmed with trying to fix these heater issues yourself, get the proper advice to help you along the way.
If the pilot light won’t light, there might not be proper ventilation. Other possible reasons include poor air supply or low gas pressure. Make sure you don’t have blockages in any of the vents. Adjust the gas pressure if needed. Check if it’s getting adequate air supply.
These are only some of the many reasons you could be having a heater problem. It’s best to have experienced professionals do it, but if you want to go it alone, take your time and be thorough, because these can be easily be overlooked.
If your pool pump is making a loud noise that is out of the ordinary, such as gargling, or if it sounds like there are rocks in your pump, you could be looking at a suction line issue.
Your pump is struggling to get more water, which means too many of these suction lines are closed off. Unclog them of debris and then observe the result. If this doesn’t seem to do the trick, you might have to purchase a pump with lower power.
A screeching sound usually indicates that your motor has worn bearings or is leaking. Either change bearings or replace the motor itself.
Diagnose a Leak
These can happen inside or outside your swimming pool. Before wasting too much time looking for the leak inside the pool, you need to check your mechanical pool systems, such as the entire filtration system: pump, chlorinator, heater, etc.
If you have an inground pool, it’s also possible there’s a leak underground. You’ll need a professional to do a pressure check for cracks. It’s possible you could be losing water via evaporation. Here’s how to find out.
Supplies: You’ll need a 5-gallon bucket and a large black marker.
1. Fill Your Bucket
On your pool’s second step, put a 5-gallon bucket, and fill with water to your pool’s water level. Mark this level with either duct tape or a marker inside your bucket.
2. Turn off Your Pump
Turn off your recirculating pump and other auto-refill devices.
After 24 hours, compare your pool’s water level to that of the bucket. If they both have gone down but match, your pool is losing water via evaporation. If your pool’s water level is now lower than your bucket’s, you probably have a leak.
4. Test Again With Pump on
This will narrow down the source of your water leak.
5. Check Results
If your pool’s water level is higher with the pump on, you probably have a plumbing leak.
You can also use ink to detect a leak. for which you’ll need goggles, a snorkel, and ink. Slowly swim to the suspected leak area and squirt the dye near it. Try not to disturb the water too much. The dye will naturally move towards the leak if it exists in that area. Check other suspected areas the same way.
Get the Most Out of Your Pool
From the smallest swimming pool maintenance issue to the most dire pool emergency, the trusted Walker Service Team in Louisville KY, with an unbeatable 180+ years of experience, should be your go-to professionals for the entire life of the pool. They know the entire system. Contact them today before you find yourself in murky waters.