When it comes to keeping your swimming pool
One of the best ways to immediately improve your swimming pools circulation is to clean your filter and remove any debris from the skimmer basket. By doing this your pump will be allowed to push more water through your hoses and out the pools return boosting the water circulation.
Before you can have any circulation, you first must have a pool pump. It is crucial to be sure you have a pool pump that is adequate for the size of your pool. Likewise, you want to avoid having an
Make sure your pump is in good working condition at the beginning of each swimming season.
To be sure that you have the proper size of pump for
Sizing Your Pool Pump
There is a real simple formula you can use to determine the size of pump you need for your swimming pool. This below formula will calculate how much water circulation you will be getting over 8 hours.
Pool Water Volume ÷ Pool Pump Run Minutes = Pumps Output: Gallons Per Minute
If your swimming pool has 10,000 gallons of pool water volume, you would divide 10,000 ÷ 480 (8 hours X 60 minutes = 480) = 20.8.
In the example above a
Change the numbers as necessary in this formula to determine the size of pump you need for your swimming pool. Ensuring you have sized your pump properly will improve and maintain proper water circulation.
Clean your pool pump filter.
I am sure you have vacuumed your pool and noticed that the waters return pressure was decreased rapidly at some point during your pool ownership while cleaning the bottom. If you have that is because the bottom of your pool was extremely dirty or a large object became clogged in the vacuum lines, filter or skimmer.
When this happens the pump
By cleaning or replacing your swimming pools filter medium allows the water to flow unrestricted and without any stoppage while it does its job.
Clean / Replace Cartridge Filters
If your swimming pool uses a cartridge filter, removing it and spraying it with a powerful water hose will remove a good portion of the dirt. You will want to do this for several minutes and in
Between filter changes most cartridge filters can be sprayed down handily with a water hose to increase circulation before it is time to replace the filter. For example, if you replace your filter once per month, spraying it down every 2 weeks will likely keep your pool circulation at a higher performance by removing dirt from the filter.
Backwash Sand Filter
For pools equipped with a sand filter, simply
By doing this you will allow the pump to push the water through more freely and gain more circulation. It is recommended that you flush sand filter pumps at least once
If you have recently vacuumed your swimming pool or have had higher swimmer volume inside the water, flushing more often will be necessary.
Once you have completed the
Your pool will now have more pressure coming from the pools return causing an increased amount of circulation in your pool.
Clean Filters Regularly
For sand filter style pools if you simply pick 1 day a week or every other week to always
The same would apply if your pool uses a cartridge. Pick one day per week to spray down the filter keeping it clean as well as change it to a new filter on a routine basis, the water in your pool will have improved circulation.
Point Return Down Or Up?
The return of your pool can have a major
If your pool return is pointed upward, the water is naturally going circulate on the surface more than toward the bottom
This can be good for whirlpools and waves as I have mentioned in another article I have written, “Which direction should I point my swimming pool jets”,
Pointing your return down will circulate the water beneath the surface and keep the top of the water calm. Calm water on the surface will be skimmed more effectively.
It is also recommended that your return is pointed in the opposite direction of your skimmer for best performance. I also prefer to point mine in an almost complete circular direction and allowing the walls to create a circular motion.
Some pools may have multiple returns. If you have a swimming pool with 2 or more returns, it is best to point them in the same direction to create a consistent flow of water throughout the pool.
Proper Water Levels
Over the summer especially during the hottest months of the
This will cause your water levels to decrease and sometimes at a rapid rate even without swimmers using your pool. Swimming pools can lose one to three inches in a week when the temperature is at or above 90 degrees.
I like to top the water levels off at the same time I do my weekly scheduled maintenance to
If your water levels are too low the pump will not be able to suction the required amount of water needed for the pump to operate properly and
Always keep your pool water at a level that does not cause
Remove Pool Equipment From Water
This is especially true when your swimming pool water is vacant and there are no active swimmers.
Removing goggles, noodles
As floating objects travel across the top of the water they may also come in contact with your ladder or areas of your pool where they become stuck or lodged.
This will restrict the water flow in those areas. Having no objects in the pool will improve circulation when the pool is not in use.
There are going to be some areas in almost every pool that doesn’t get circulated properly. This can be due to steps, ladders or other permanent objects or designs that prevent the water from circulating in a particular area.
The water in these areas are still going to be turned over as the pump does its job,
Since these areas do not have much swimmer traffic or water circulation moving the particles around, it may be necessary to occasionally sweep or brush the floor and walls in these areas. Failure to do so won’t necessarily cause a major
Why Is Water Circulation Important?
Without water circulation your swimming pools water will not be able to have the chemicals that are used to clean evenly distributed through the pool which will cause your pool to become cloudy and dirty,
The circulation process also filters bugs, grass, dirt and other particles floating inside the water to keep your water clean and sanitary.
Proper versus improper circulation can make a huge difference in whether or not the pool water stays clear during the entire swimming season.
Water Circulation Process
- The swimming pools pump is where all the circulation begins. The proper pump size for the water volume of your swimming pool is crucial in maintaining adequate circulation.
- The pump will have a horizontal hose that is connected to the swimming pools skimmer. Once the pump is turned on and running it will create suction through the skimmer.
- A vertical hose on top of the pump will be connected to either a sand or cartridge filter. The water that has been pulled through from the skimmer and through the pump will enter into the filtering area through the vertical hose.
- The filter will collect any debris that flows through the pump.
- Finally another hose from the exit portion of the filter will be connected to the return where clean and filtered water will return to the swimming pool.
Once the water has re-entered the swimming pool through the return it will circulate through the pool mixing any chlorine and other chemicals added and continually filter out unwanted debris.
If there were no circulation process for a swimming pool, draining and refilling would need to be performed on a weekly basis to maintain cleanliness.
You can see why it is extremely important for excellent circulation all summer long.