Key Elements of Good Pool Circulation, Part 1

October 26, 2017

The swimming pool circulation system is designed to move the water from the pool through filtration, heating and treatment systems, and then return it to the pool tank. All the water in your swimming pool should go through these systems. No dead areas should exist in the pool, where algae can grow and debris accumulate. The better the water circulation, the better the filtration, and the cleaner the swimming pool. In case your pool looks cloudy, you may not need to call for San Diego pool repair service just yet. Perhaps it’s not your pool equipment that’s letting you down but the water flow in the pool.

Here are some basic steps you can take to make sure that your pool circulation system plays its role in cleaning, sanitizing and heating the water.

Skimmer and main drain

The purpose of the skimmer is to remove debris from the water surface by pulling water from the top of your pool into the filtration system. The main drain circulates water from the bottom of the pool for the same reason.

For a good pool circulation, it’s crucial that these two water outlets are in a perfect operating condition. Approximately 30 percent of the water should be taken from the bottom and 70 percent from the top.

The weir on all skimmers should work properly. The pool water level needs to be adjusted to allow 1/4 inch of water to flow over the skimmer door. To keep leaves and debris from clogging your skimmer line, the skimmer should be vacuumed regularly and the basket emptied once a week.

Your swimming pool’s main drain also needs regular maintenance. Being located at the bottom of your pool, it can easily get clogged by debris. When the main drain doesn’t function properly, the water at the bottom of the pool is left unfiltered and it often won’t get enough chlorine.

Return lines

After the water is filtered, it goes back to the pool through the return jets or return lines. In order to facilitate and encourage pool circulation, they should be aimed properly.

It’s important to angle them downward, away from the skimmer basket. This will prevent the clean water from going back into the filter.

Proper direction of the return lines will also ensure there are no dead spots of unfiltered water. To prevent dirt from accumulating on the steps, at least one return line needs to be pointed at the top step.

Filter pressure

Proper filter pressure is crucial for a good pool circulation. A clean filter that operates at normal filter pressure will give you optimal results.

Check the pressure gauge to see how the pressure is holding in the pool. It is a little dial usually located on the top of your pool’s filter system.

Ideally, you have recorded the number on the dial when you first installed your pool filter. In case you missed to do that, you should know that most systems operate around 10 pounds per square inch (psi) or a bit higher.

Any reading between 10 and 20 psi means you have a dirty filter, and 20 psi indicates a high pressure that puts a strain on your system’s filter and pump. If cleaning the filter doesn’t help, one of the valves maybe isn’t functioning properly and you may need San Diego pool repair service.

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