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Swimming Pool Pumps

You can have the biggest, fanciest pool in the neighborhood, complete with tiles imported from Italy or painted with cool designs, floating rafts and fed by a gushing fountain, but without one specific piece of equipment, that shimmering pool can turn into a duck pond in about a week flat. What’s that vital piece of equipment? A swimming pool pump is a crucial piece of mechanics that works hard to keep your pool clean.

A swimming pool pump comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and models. Bigger is not always better, however, so knowing something about pumps and what they do will stand you in good stead as you either build your pool or are in the process of replacing old, battered parts. The size and type of swimming pool you own has a lot to do with the type of pool pump you buy, for manufactures make pumps for above ground and in ground pool needs.

Why is a pool pump so important? Because it works with your pool’s filtration system to keep the pool clean of debris. The pump pulls water out of the pool through a skimmer basket and then through the filtering system, and back into the pool. Without the pump, nothing works.

Most types of pumps will state their capacity, so always know what size your pool is before looking for pool equipment. You should know the basic area of your pool as well as how many gallons it holds. Most pumps will designate how much water they can pump either hourly or by the minute.

In most cases, people run a swimming pool pump for six to eight hours a day, especially in the summertime and when the pool is being used. If your pool is small and stays relatively clean, you can cut back that running time in fall and winter months to save electricity.

All pumps should come with some type of straining basket that is designed to catch leaves, sticks, and toys, or whatever else manages to end up in your pool. These baskets can be oblong, square, open or closed, but as long as they keep debris from entering your filtering system, the shape doesn’t matter.

When selecting any particular swimming pool pump model, check the energy efficiency of the unit to make sure you’re getting the best model to suit your needs. Be prepared to spend anywhere from $100 to $700 for a swimming pool pump. Because it is hard to determine how many hours a day you will need to run your pump, it pays to get a good model, which may be more than you want to spend initially. However, the more efficient the pump, the less electricity will be wasted, so it’s up to you where you want to save your money.

When looking for a swimming pool pump, also take into consideration the age of your filtering system. An old system may not be very efficient in filtering water no matter how powerful the pump is, so don’t throw good money after bad. A pump moves the water, it doesn’t clean it. That’s for your filtering system. Carefully watching chemical levels and water clarity, combined with good water circulation, is the best way to achieve good results with your pool.

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Determining the Cause of Swimming Pool Leak or Water Loss

Finding leaks in your pool can be difficult. Because of that, it is also difficult to do a repair. This article should help you in doing these tasks.

First thing that you need to consider is to determine whether your pool has leak – or simply doesn’t have. In doing that, keep in mind that there are just three main causes of swimming pool water loss. This can be due to plumbing leaks, shell leaks, or simply just because of evaporation or splashing. What appears to be a leak can be attributed to these three things.

The first thing it would be important to rule out would be evaporation or splashing. It is quite common for swimmers to splash a lot while playing in the pool and a hot sun is capable or removing quite a bit of water from the pool on a daily basis.

It would be logical to first determine whether water loss is only caused by evaporation. With this, you need to do a little bit of experiment. What you are going to do is to place a large container filled with water on the first step of your swimming pool. Put enough water so that its water level is the same of the water level of the pool. Over the course of time – and when the weather participates – monitor the water level and determine if there is indeed a significant difference. If there is no significant difference on the level of water between the two over a couple days then, probably, water loss is just caused by evaporation. If the water level of the pool goes down faster than that of the container then there is a big possibility of leaks.

When you suspect that water loss is caused by leaks, the first places you need to examine are the filter and pump. Check if you can see damp areas or water spots and trace back to their origin. Leaks are often caused by flaws in pipe connections. In a number of cases, it is more effective to trace leaks when you keep the pump running. Once you find the leaks you can fix it yourself if you have enough plumbing skills to do the tasks. However, just like what others are doing, it is much better to let a professional plumbing to do it for you – most especially when your pool has a major plumbing flaw.

If you are not able to find leaks in the pipe connections then you should check the in the pool shell. To effectively do this, hire an experienced professional.

When dealing with pool leak problems, the real key is to trim down the list possible causes to be able to determine the real cause. Once you have figure out the reason of water loss, then it is much easier for you do decide whether you are to hire a professional or to do the fixing yourself.

P.S. David Roy is a swimming pool enthusiast who has successfully managed swimming pool in years. He is also running an online resource which is aimed to give important information about pool slides, ladders, and other pool stuff through his websites http://www.swimmingpoolladders.org; http://www.swimmingpoolslides.org; http://www.swimmingpoolcleaners.org

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Your swimming pool is a lifetime investment. Over time it will require you to complete some basic maintenance tasks to extend the life of your investment. Some pool maintenance know-how is required for any savvy swimming pool owner.

One common task in swimming pool maintenance is the repair of the concrete pool deck. Cracks in the concrete of your swimming pool deck may result from soil conditions or heat and sometimes freezing thaw cycles. Learning how to repair these cracks yourself could save you money during the life of your swimming pool.

1. First you must prepare the crack in your swimming pool’s concrete deck for repair. Large cracks will not need preparation. However, small cracks must be opened larger in order to allow the filler material to penetrate and bind to the damaged area. To enlarge the crack in your swimming pool you can use a crack chaser blade. Crack chaser blades may be purchased at your local hardware store.

2. The second step in repairing the concrete in swimming pools is to make sure that the area you are repairing is clean, dry, and full of debris. Keep in mind that the bonding repair agent needs to be able to adhere to the existing concrete structure. Moisture and debris will hinder this process, making pool maintenance more difficult. Faulty pool repair may also be counterproductive and just make the existing problem worse. Keep your work area clean and dry with a vacuum.

3. The third step is to fill in the crack with a concrete repair agent. These include high strength epoxy and polyurethane fillers which can be found at the hardware store or in a pool repair shop. Use a metal trowel to smooth out the filler after you have filled the hole tightly with your concrete repair agent. Work quickly while filling in cracks in your swimming pool because most of these compounds are designed to set quickly. Also, some of these filling agents can be purchased with applicators that extend into the crack to allow for easy application. Do your research beforehand to ensure that your pool repair is effective.

4. Next, silica sand should be sprinkled on the wet filler agent to increase the hold of the filler. After you have applied silica sand to the filled crack, smooth out the filled crack with your trowel.

5. Paint or cover your pool repair with the same material as the rest of the pool to blend the repair and make it less obvious.

6. Repeat steps one through five for each crack in your pool.

Pool maintenance is a necessary activity to extend the life of your swimming pool. If the cracks in your concrete deck are too large for easy repair, it may be advisable to call a swimming pool repair company in order to make sure that the job is completed in a way that is sustainable for the rest of the life of the swimming pool. Use your judgment here, but remember that it is better to be safe than sorry concerning swimming pools.

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