Key Elements of Good Pool Circulation, Part 2

November 14, 2017

In our last article, we tackled several key elements of a good pool circulation. Your trusted swimming pool maintenance San Diego experts now present a few more steps you can take to keep your pool circulation system in the perfect operating condition.

Circulation pump

A circulation pump ensures that all the water from the pool moves through the filter every day. It is the center of the circulation system and helps keep water sanitized and clean.

In order to be efficient, the pumping system needs to have sufficient capacity to achieve the required pool water turnover rate. The pool pump should run at least 6-8 hours a day so that all the pool water can pass through the filter.

To ensure constant filtration, you need to have your circulation pump regularly maintained and inspected. Contact a company that provides swimming pool maintenance San Diego homeowners rely on to avoid possible air leaks and other problems that may occur.


Both the filtration and the circulation system are important for keeping your pool clean. A filter is a key component of a pool’s filtration system.

The purpose of a circulation pump is to pull water through the filter, where particles of debris are removed. Then the water goes on to the heater or back to the pool.

Don’t let the debris accumulate in the filter. A neglected filter will slowly get clogged and may entirely obstruct your pool circulation. A reduced water flow will result in cloudy water and excessive wear on the pool equipment.

You should have your filter cleaned and maintained according to the manufacturer’s specifications. How often you need to do it depends on various factors, such as the size of your filter and the pool. Whichever type of filter you have, keep a close eye on the pressure gauge, clean the filter as specified and when needed, and you will never face poor filtration.

Filter O-rings

O-rings help seal the pool filter, prevent it from leaking and letting air in. Every pool filter has a few of these. The one that is likely to wear the most is the tank O-ring.

Don’t wait until you notice the leak and risk the potential damage. Keep your O-rings lubricated to protect them from deterioration, as well as to optimize the seal and water pressure in the filter.

Check the O-rings every time you clean the filter, replace your cartridge or grid elements. You can look for cracks by bending the O-ring between your fingers. If it’s cracked, you will need to replace it.

Dead spots

A good pool circulation is more than just filtering the water; it is also eliminating dead spots in your pool. The pool circulation is often lacking in and around the pool steps, behind the ladder, in the deep end of the pool if there are not enough jets to move the water, etc.

Brush these areas manually at least once a week when your filter is running so that the particles of debris you brush up go straight to the filter. This way you won’t give them a chance to settle down beyond the filter’s reach.

Return lines

Pool water returns are places where water comes back from the circulation system. You can add a circulator to your return lines to disperse the water in different directions, enabling a better pool circulation.

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