Keeping Your Pool from Becoming a Microorganism Magnet

There are many people, possibly including you, who own a swimming pool but without the right kind of quality pump. However, it may simply be a breeding ground for all kinds of unwanted insects and microorganisms. When a pool is not in use or even when it is, when not treated properly, all kinds of pathogens can fester in the water.

Pumps for your Pool

When a pool is left in neglect, many different kinds of bugs can be attracted to it. Creatures like mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water and an unused swimming pool makes the perfect place for them to do this in.

Insects, in addition to their own offspring, are often carriers of harmful bacteria, which are transferred into the water when the insects make contact. More natural factors can also bring bacteria into a pool, such as fallen leaves or algae growth.

However they get there, bacteria can be harmful to people who decide to return to their pools when the weather turns nicer because they can cause many different diseases ranging from unpleasant to potentially fatal.

How do you keep your pool healthy and pure then? One essential way is to treat the pool with a normal dose of chemicals like chlorine that kill unwanted pathogens. These chemicals need to be added regularly to make sure that they are working effectively.

The best way to keep your pool looking great year round though is to invest in a high-grade pool or water pump. Most kinds contain filters that cycle through all of the water in the pool, removing the harmful bacteria and insect larvae, while keeping the chemicals kill the rest.

We carry a variety of pool pumps that are specifically designed to work with your pool to make it the best it can be, both during season and when not in use. They are built to last for a long time and work under harsher conditions.

They do take a certain level of maintenance however, such as cleaning out the filter every once in a while. But as long as you put the time in, the pump will take care of the rest.

For more information about pool pumps and about ordering one, please call us today on 1300 922 973.

Tips for the Summer: Maintaining Your Swimming Pool with a Swimming Pool Pump

A swimming pool pump is a water pump that helps keep your swimming pool clean and sanitary. There are many steps to maintaining a swimming pool, but the most important ones are dependent on a swimming pool pump that circulates water quietly, day after day, with no lapse in performance.

Swimming PoolThe water is forced through a filter by the pump, and is recirculated into the pool. This keeps water from becoming stagnant, and ensures that proper levels of chlorine are equally distributed throughout the pool. The filter must be kept clean at all costs, and free of debris.

When opening the pool, you must first remove all water and debris that have accumulated on the pool cover. Then, make sure all equipment that needs to be attached or plugged in are ready to go. Clean all of the equipment, including the skimmers and drains. Then, remove all of the debris that has accumulated in the pool.

If you see any algae, scrub it off of the pool, then add enough water to bring the pool to the desired level. You should always test the water for calcium, pH, total alkalinity, and free chlorine. Once you have done all of this, you are ready to turn on the pump and the filter. Run them for about three hours. In the meantime, you can check filters, drains, and skimmers to make sure they are working properly. Your free available chlorine should be between 1.0 and 3.0 PPM when you are going to use the pool.

When closing the pool, you need to adjust the pH level; it should be between 7.2 and 7.6, and then use a shock treatment to further adjust the pH. Then, remove all equipment, such as pool ladders, diving boards, furniture, or ropes. If you are heating the pool, turn the heater off.

You must also run the filter for one or two days without turning it off, vacuum and brush the pool walls and the floor, making sure to remove all debris. Remember to plug the fittings on the return lines with expandable rubber plugs. Use a submersible pump to drain the pool to at least 18 inches below the skimmers. Then, drain and flush the hoses. Remember to turn off the electricity to the pool.

To finish up, recheck the pH, and put a cover on the pool.

How to Prime your Swimming Pool Pump

Those who own a swimming pool know that owning the right type of water pump is important to the pool’s efficiency and maintenance. However, aside from having the right equipment, you should also have the knowledge in taking care of these pumps and the pools they administer.

Prime your Swimming Pool PumpOne important aspect of maintaining the pool’s pump is to prime it, when necessary, making sure that it is pumping water and not air.

When the Pump is Off

The first thing you need to do when priming or re-priming your pool pump is to turn the unit off and close any valve in the suction area. Open the lid on the pump’s strainer, if there is any build-up or debris in either the basket or in the pipe, clean them out. Then, fill the strainer using either a hose or a bucket.

When replacing the lid ensure the seal is clean and undamaged on the pump housing. Check any knobs or screws that you can see and tighten them if necessary. For this procedure, use your hands instead of some tools to prevent over-tightening, which can damage the unit.

Turning It Back On

At this stage, open the suction valves and turn the pump back on. If the procedure goes well, the pump should be primed again within minutes. If it does not prime, repeat the first steps, refill the strainer with water. It may take a few tries to remove all of the air from the pump but once it works, it should maintain its prime.

If you see an increasing amount of air bubbles building up under the see through lid of the strainer, it would indicate that you have an air leak. It would then be a matter of going through each step and checking that the seals are in good condition and are clean. If the lid is not closed properly it will have the same effect. So it would entail going through the priming procedure again, but paying particular attention to the above points.

For more information about our pool pumps and services, call us on 1300 922 973.