Here are some helpful tips to contribute to a safe pool environment.
Red Square Pools always recommends calling a pool professional to inspect and start-up your pool equipment. Often, this minimal expense pays off in the long run. A trained eye can spot safety issues such as missing suction covers, electrical or gas problems. If you prefer to do it yourself, consider some of these steps.
1) Visual Inspection: A visual inspection on a weekly basis is highly recommended. You may not be able to determine the exact problem, however the layman can easily point out things that “just don’t seem right”.
2) Lubrication: Always make sure all gaskets and o-rings are well lubricated (pump, filter, valves, etc) on pump lids and the equipment’s plumbing connections
3) Leaks: If you encounter wet spots around equipment this may be an indication of a leak. Does your pump seem to never completely fill with water? You may have an air leak or breach in the plumbing on the suction side of the pump (front part where water enters the pump). Leaks can affect pool circulation and shorten the life of your equipment.
4) Water Level: Make sure water is always at least 2.5″ above the skimmer entry to ensure proper circulation and keep air from entering the pool and/or circulation system.
5) Heater: Heaters can exceed temperatures of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Weeds, leaves, and debris can gather around your pool equipment due to mother nature and should always be removed to avoid combustion.
6) Filters: Filters should be inspected at a minimum of every other month. During times of high winds, rain and the seasonal high pollen count it is recommended that filters are cleaned monthly. This saves you money as a clean filter translates into the pump not working as hard, thereby saving you money in electricity.
7) DE (diatomaceous earth) Filters: Backwash filters at least bimonthly however consider the elements such as high winds, rain and the seasonal high pollen counts. Consider removing filters completely for a thoroughly cleaning at least 1x a year.