Proper circulation of pool water is critical in the maintenance of a sanitary and aesthetically pleasing pool. When pool water is not adequately circulated, algae development may increase as a result. When algae proliferate, it can cause water to become unsanitary and may also affect the pH balance of the pool. In a properly-maintained pool, water is extracted from the pool by the pump and is then forced through the filter to remove any debris or microorganisms that may affect its purity. After passing through the filter, water passes back into the pool. This process ensures that water is properly cleaned and circulated to maintain sanitary pool conditions. To ensure adequate pool circulation, you should follow a few simple guidelines.
Adjust the Jets if Necessary
Because the jets direct filtered water back into the pool, adjusting them to direct water in a circular motion help increase circulation. Pools with multiple jets circulate water much more efficiently than those with only one jet. Even so, directing the jets to circulate water in the direction of dead areas helps to further increase the circulation of the water. It is also a good idea to point at least one jet toward the bottom of the pool to maintain adequate circulation in deeper areas. For a pool with just one jet, it is best to direct it opposite of the skimmer basket and filter. This will help ensure water moves in a circular motion and helps circulate water from the bottom of the pool toward the top.
Brush the Pool Regularly
Even when the utmost care is taken to direct the jets optimally, dead spots may still occur. Every pool has certain areas that simply do not circulate well, and this is where brushing plays a critical role. Brushing helps to increase the circulation of pool water by removing algae buildup in areas that do not receive adequate circulation. Regular brushing causes microorganisms to float into pool water where they are extracted and removed by the filter. It is necessary to brush any dead areas in the pool at least once a week to keep the water in optimal condition.
Run the Filter Adequately
Knowing the turnover rate of pool water is an important component of pool maintenance. The turnover rate of pool water refers to the amount of time it takes for the filter to clean all the water in a pool. Even if the turnover rate is unknown, running the filter for approximately eight to 10 hours per day should give it adequate time to filter out any impurities. It is also necessary to keep both the skimmer and pump baskets clean to ensure sanitary water conditions.
Following these simple guidelines will help to maintain clear, sanitary water conditions and allow maximum enjoyment from the use of a recreational pool. If you feel like you need a little help maintaining your pool, contact Blue Chip Pool Service! We can do the maintenance for you so you can enjoy your pool. Reach out to us for a free first pool cleaning to get started!