Swimming Pool Frequently Asked Questions
When summer heats up, you'll want to cool down in your pool. Browse our swimming pool FAQ to help you keep it in tip-top shape. We cover cleaning, maintenance, and repair topics for Austin inground pool owners.
It depends on what chemicals are added, but a general rule of thumb is 24 hours after a shock treatment. Shocking spikes the chlorine level to kill any bacteria, so you would want to wait until the levels normalize.
Typically during the summer and hotter weather, it should run for at least 12 hours/day during daylight hours. For a pool to fully filter, 4 times the amount of water must be moved through the filter to achieve a 98% filtration rate, and this takes about 12 hours.
A salt water pool still needs chlorine. The difference is that the salt makes free chlorine instead of from a pressed tablet. This chlorine only accounts for the residual chlorine. A salt system cannot shock the pool, which is the process of sanitizing the water. During hot weather, and more pool usage, the salt cells may not be able to make enough chlorine to keep up with the demand.
A pool should be backwashed when the filter pressure gets 8-10 lbs above your pools clean starting pressure.
It is not a problem for a pool to be fuller, as it should be fuller rather than too empty. When it rains, the water is only coming over the edge as fast as it is raining. Having the pool too full will not damage pool equipment or cause extra strain to the pool. If the water level is higher than the top of the skimmer, it will not suck the leaves or debris as effectively. A lower water level is more problematic because if it sucks dry, it will ruin the pump.
- A dirty filter
- Dirty skimmer or pump pot baskets
- A clogged impeller
The pool probably has low water flow caused by the water not moving.
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