Tip & Questions
How long should I run my pool pump each day?
Most pool filtration systems are sized to circulate and filter the water twice in 8 hours. We recommend that you run your pool pump 6-8 hours in the winter and 10-12 hours in the summer.
Should I run my pool pump during the day or night?
Because the sun draws chemicals from the pool it is best to run your pool pump during the hottest time of the day.
Is it safe for me to drain my pool?
NO! You should never drain your pool. This is a job for a licensed, experienced and insured professional. Concrete & fiberglass pools can float out of the ground like a huge boat. The liners in vinyl pools can shrink in a matter of a few hours.
What should I do with my pool if there may be a freeze?
It is best to drain the water from all of your pool equipment. Pumps, filters, chlorinators, heaters and solar panels are all equipped with freeze plugs or valves to drain the water from them. Running the pool pump can protect the equipment from freezing but is useless if the power goes out.
What should I do with my pool if a hurricane is predicted?
- Keeping sufficient water levels in your pool provides the important weight to hold the sides and bottom in place, especially when heavy rains that accompany most storms raise the local water table. Pools which have been emptied may experience serious subsidence problems and could even be lifted off their foundation.
- If your pool is properly equipped with adequate drains and skimmers and the surrounding area is properly drained, the water level can probably be left as it is.
- It is recommended that you super chlorinate the pool water. You should “shock the pool” in your normal manner.
- It is important that all electric power be turned off at the circuit breakers before the storm hits.
- If you cannot store loose objects such as chairs, tables, pool equipment and toys inside a building, carefully and gently place them in the pool to help shield them from the winds.
- Some damage to the frame of your enclosed screen structure may be avoided if you provide a “vent” for wind to escape through.
How can I tell if my pool is leaking?
Depending on the pools normal evaporation. It is about 1″ to 1-1/2″ per week. When the days are warm and the nights cool evaporation is at it’s highest. Using the ordinary 5 gallon plastic bucket you can perform this simple test to determine if your pool is leaking.
- 1. Bring pool water to normal level.
- 2. Fill bucket with pool water to about 1 inch from top.
- 3. Place bucket on 1st or 2nd step of pool.
- 4. Mark water level on inside of bucket.
- 5. Shut off pump and mark pool water level on outside of bucket.
- 6. Resume normal pump operation.
- 7. After 24 hours, compare the 2 water levels.
- • If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than inside water level, there is probably a leak.
- • In case of rain repeat the test.
- • Test is invalid after 24 hours.
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