Pool season is in top gear in Fort Worth as children flock to swimming pools rather than school. With all those children running around, you don't want your pool to be in disrepair. Here are some tips to help you recognize if your pool needs repairs.
Checking for damages
Take some time this weekend to survey your pool area and check for cracks. One small crack can expand quickly and leave you with a much more expensive repair.
First, check out the area surrounding your pool. A cracked patio surface can reek havoc on running children or an inattentive pool-goer. It might be a nuisance, but a cracking patio can be fixed by simply calling your Fort Worth pool service. Make sure to check your pool fence. All horizontal bars should be less than four inches apart, and you should move all furniture or other objects away from the fence for the sake of safety.
Then, check all of the pool's plumbing. A crack here can be devastating if left alone. A hairline fracture will quickly turn to a full-on break under constant pressure from water. If there isn't a crack on your pool pump but you still notice water leaking, your pump's main motor shaft seal may be faulty.
Finally, wait until night and test out your pool's LED lights. A crack is hard to find during the day on a clear surface, but at night you have a better chance of noticing a shadow caused by a fracture in the light's housing.
Do you need a replacement?
Getting a crack fix can stave off an issue, but how are you supposed to know if a piece of equipment needs replacing?
According to SFGate.com, your pool filter circulates about 90,000 gallons of water per day. Check the pressure readings on your pool pump on a consistent basis. If it drops even though you've cleared the filter, then your pump impeller may need a replacement.
If you notice that your main pool filter isn't functioning properly, chances are that debris might be stuck in there. Try to backwash the system. If the pressure gauge still reads higher than usual, call your Fort Worth pool service for a replacement.
Another issue with pool pumps is noise. First, try to identify the sound. If it sounds like a pile of rocks in inside, your pump may be suffering from cavitation, according to Pool Center. Cavitation occurs when the pump doesn't have enough water inside. This could be caused by a clog or a faulty pump impeller. Ask your local pool service for help.
If the sound of your pump is more akin to a screeching or scream, you may need to have the bearings replaced. This is caused by normal use, so no need to worry. Your Fort Worth pool service can fix the problem easily. If you have either issue, consider installing a variable-speed pool pump which is nearly silent.
There are more problems that can occur with your pool and your best bet is to fix them before the issues get bigger. Your Fort Worth pool service is only a phone call away and they provide a lot of maintenance solutions.