Circulation – First Key to Good Pool Care
Key 1 – Circulation
Good circulation in your pool means a great deal more than filtering water – it’s getting all of the water in the pool moving & through the filter.
Circulation is a lot more than filter or pump turnover Ovalbecken; its removing dead spots – you understand those areas where algae always seems to grow or where dirt & debris always generally seems to accumulate. The higher the water is circulating, the higher the filtration, the cleaner the pool. In reality it typically takes a lot more than FOUR turnovers to have all of the water completely filtered. The next chart shows how much of your pool water is usually filtered in a normal filter turnover. Turnovers are normally determined by “how much” water can go through the filter system – not what is actually filtered. One turnover can take anywhere from 3 hours to 8 hours with regards to the pool’s size and the filter size & pump horsepower.
After 1 turnover – 42% is filtered, 52% is UN-filtered
After 2 turnovers – 84% is filtered, 16% in UN-filtered
After 3 turnovers – 95% is filtered, 5% is UN-filtered
After 4 turnovers – 98% is filtered, 2% is UN-filtered
Why does it take so long & effort? Mainly, it’s because of dead spots. Dead spots are those aspects of the pool where the water might not completely move or circulate. Dead spots will be the “birthing grounds” for algae & bio-films leading to green or cloudy water. They’re the most typical aspects of will be dead spots:
* the underside half the pool especially in pools without main or bottom drains
* corners of rectangular pools
* the “exact” center of almost all round & most oval pools – especially aboveground pools
* behind ladders and / or stairs
* areas directly adjacent to pool skimmers & return fittings
* a mix of all of the above
Let’s briefly look at each one of these areas & provide a cure to the dead spot.
The entire bottom half the pool is a real neglected spot. Many pool-owners unfortunately want to start to see the water rippling across the top of the pool as the filter runs. They point the return jets or eyeballs “up” rather than down toward the bottom. When pointed up, only the utmost effective 1/3 approximately of the pool is circulated. The underside 2/3 remains relatively stagnant, especially the further down you go. The cure: readjust the returns down toward the underside of the pool. This will help create better top to bottom flow of water. Another way is always to connect your vacuum & simply allow it to sit in the underside of the pool for a full day, once each week.
Corners of rectangular pools are notorious if you are dead spots. You will see where leaves & airborne debris are trapped. Decrease along the pool walls from the corners & you’ll see that’s where algae gets its head start. The cure: make sure to thoroughly brush down the corner areas on a regular basis. Once or twice weekly should be described as a minimum.
Round or oval pools, doesn’t mean you won’t have dead spots. Over time we’ve seen round & oval pools having cloudy centers! Really, we have. The main reason, the “circulating” water goes round & round and the guts remains stagnant. Overtime, especially in pools that don’t get regular or minimal swimming, a column of water sets itself up – something very similar to a hurricane’s eye. Lot’s of activity around the eye, but the eye is peaceful & calm! The cure: make sure to direct the pool return fittings down toward the underside & straight across. You’ll receive better overall circulation.
The areas behind ladders & especially drop-in style stairs get little if any circulation. No bodies brushing from the pool surface. Algae & bacteria are allowed to grow without hindrance. The cure: Make sure you properly & thoroughly brush & vacuum those areas. Movable or removable stairs should be used from the pool periodically & the pool surfaces cleaned. This really is where the weekly addition of a good algicide is very important – more about that beneath the water chemistry heading. If you utilize a protective mat, remove & clean that as well. Perform this cleaning at least one time in the center of each swimming season.
The several inches around your pool’s skimmer & return fittings are great big dead spots. There might be a lot of water activity around or near them, but directly adjacent…no. The cure: pay special awareness of brush & vacuum these areas. Even brush, vacuum & clean the faceplates of those fittings.
Every one of the above! Dead spots are always in combination. Listed here are the best cures to poor pool circulation & dead spots. And all the ideas won’t even cost you a dime!
* Use the pool. Swim, splash, play. Do laps. Invite some friends over to have some fun. Regular usage of your pool could be the single best thing you can certainly do to give it better circulation.
* Brush & vacuum. It’s like brushing & flossing your teeth. You understand you need to do it. Brushing the pool walls at least one time a week (preferably twice) prevents algae & bio-films from setting roots and learning to be a real headache in very little time. For many “uber-brushing” think about a Wall Whale brush. You’ll receive up to 10 times the brushing force with the effort of just one hand.
* Make sure you point those eyeballs & return jets DOWN. That you do not want to see ripples on top of the water. You would like circulation through the entire pool. Consider installing a Circulator instead of the standard eyeball – can provide up to 1500% better circulation in your pool. Awesome new product.
* Run the filter no less than 8 hours daily. Every day. To truly save money & electricity, make use of a timer to show the pump on & off and use multiple settings to disseminate the time and energy to catch some of these “off-peak” electrical hours.