6 tips to protect swimming pools in winter

Are you struggling to protect swimming pools in winters?

If your answer is YES, then you are in the right place.  Hardly anyone loves to swim or use the swimming pool during the winter season.

In some regions swimming pools get frozen completely and become useless. It is not uncommon for swimming pools owners to ask how they can protect their swimming pools.

In some regions swimming pools get frozen completely and become useless. It is not uncommon for swimming pools owners to ask how they can protect their swimming pools.

We wrote this article just for you.  Our goal is to instruct you on possible solutions for protecting your swimming pools during the winter. In order to protect swimming pools in winters, there are a couple of options depending on the problem.  Here are 6 for you to check out:

1. protect your Swimming Pool Water

If you live in a place where you do not get snowfall, then the best thing that you can do to protect your swimming pool is to protect the water. You probably do not want the swimming pool water to get dirty, or even clean it regularly in winters. A pool cover is your first option. This way you will be able to protect the swimming pool water from getting dirty.

Before choosing a pool cover make sure you measure the dimension of your swimming pool, and make sure to get some cover clips. The cover clips will help you to tie the pool cover with the pool railing.

2. protect your swimming pool from being frozen

If your swimming pool is already frozen then there is no way to fix it.  Let the ice melt and do not try to remove it as ice has sharp edges which can harm you.

But if it has not frozen yet, you can first protect the swimming pool by removing the water first or covering it with a pool cover.  A swimming pool pump enclosure will help keep it protected.  Make sure to keep the pipe lines dry to avoid water getting frozen inside the pipe.

3. protect your swimming pool from Leaves of the trees:

Having a tree beside the swimming pool can be a headache. As the tree leafs or tree limbs continuously falls in the swimming pool water. Hence, as a result, you have to constantly clean the swimming pool.  The only solution for this issue apart from getting pool cover is to cut down some of the tree branches.

4. protect your swimming pool from rains

Pool covers do not work really great against rains. In those situations all you can do is pump out the rain water from your Swimming pool.  Getting a cover for the pool pump is always a proactive way to protect your pumps from getting damaged by rain.

5. protect your swimming from animals

You should protect the swimming pool from animals as well. So the best thing to do in order to protect the swimming pool from the animals is to build a fence around it.

 

6. protect your swimming pool against the wind

Wind this winter can be a pain as it can damage your pool cover. In order to protect the pool cover, get some water bags or swimming tubes to hold down the pool cover.  This way the wind will not be able to damage the pool cover.

Final words

These are some of the common ways to protect your swimming pool in winters. We hope you find the ideas useful and helpful in the near future. In the end, it is all about understanding the issues that your swimming pool can face during the winter season. Once you know the issues start thinking about the solutions so you can proactively prepare and prevent. If you have any questions, leave us comment below and we will promptly respond.

4 Effective checklist for maintaining pool – A complete guide

How can a person function well if he does not maintain himself by watching what he takes in and how he performs? How can he function well if he is not taking medications when he feels part of his body is malfunctioning? The same applies to machines, and especially pool pump motors discussed in this post. It’s simple; if you want your pool pump to keep functioning properly, you need to maintain it regularly.  To reduce your maintenance expenses, as well as ensure optimum performance, you need a checklist; a list of maintenance actions you must be performing within various time frames.

We have compiled a number of these maintenance activities to be done daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Some special hardware that is used for the maintenance of swimming pool pumps includes vibrations analyzer to detect an unusual pattern of water movement and ultrasound analyzer to detect sound patterns and locate any issues with pumps or pipes. So, let’s roll with these maintenance practices.

Prior to a Functional Pool

Before we discuss the major maintenance practices of your pool pump per time frame, there are a few things you should ensure before your pool becomes fully functional with the pump.

  • Clean and vacuum the empty pool painstakingly.
  • Add water to your desired level or height at a recommended rate of 1” per hour.
  • Run a test to determine the water balance, PH, hardness, and alkalinity.
  • Inspect all the important components of your pool system.
  • Lubricate mechanical joints and bearings.
  • Inspect and clean tiles, skimmer, and grout with a cleanser.
  • Seek the services of a pool water expert to analyze the water in your pool.
  • It’s important to inspect and clean the pool deck.
  • If necessary, you can also backwash the filter.
  • Add algaecide in right proportions.
  • Be sure that the skimmer and pump basket is empty.

Daily Maintenance Checklist

Here’s a list of some maintenance practices you should ensure daily to keep your pool pump in excellent condition.

  • Always double check the speed of your water pump to be sure that it corresponds with the horsepower promised.
  • Check for leaks, cracks or deterioration.

Weekly Maintenance Checklist

Weekly maintenance practices are highly necessary for the longevity of the pool pump. Some of these are:

  • There might have been large deposits of debris at the bottom of the pool pump; remove these with a leaf scoop.
  • Apply chlorine and any other required sanitizer. Also, test and adjust the sanitizer level.
  • Ensure that the water is visibly clear and without contaminants. Clean the water if it’s not, and you can also get rid of floating leaves on the water surface.
  • Test the PH level of water and ensure it’s at the recommended range of 7.3-7.7 depending on the material of your pool. Do not correct your PH more than once a week.
  • Test and adjust the bromine (3-5 ppm recommended) and chlorine (1-3 ppm recommended) levels in the pool water.
  • You also want to weekly test and adjust the Alkalinity, as well as the oxidizer and Stabilizer levels.
  • Clean tiles at the water line.
  • Only if required, you can backwash the filter pressure.
  • Check water level and be sure it’s around the recommended rate of 1” (25mm) for every hour.
  • You can also add a preventive dose of algaecide; only as necessary.
  • According to label instructions, shock the pool to restore the sparkle of the pool water and destroy germs and other contaminants. This can be done fortnightly.

Monthly Maintenance Checklist

These practices should help you more in preventing damage or incurring unnecessary expenses. You can carry out the following monthly:

  • According to specifications, check and repair seals, as well as lubricate bearings.
  • Be sure that the pool pump motor is located securely on the base of the swimming pool.
  • Adjust or fasten the losing couplings of the motor for excellent output and transfer operation.
  • Test and adjust the calcium hardness of your pool as well as the dissolved solids. * Clean the filter chemically.
  • Be sure that the total alkalinity of the pool is in the range of 120-150 ppm.
  • Check all safety equipment like handrails to be sure that they are in excellent working conditions.
  • In case you have a saltwater pool, check for the salt levels.
  • It’s important to conduct the Langelier Saturation Index evaluation once a month.
  • Inspect tiles, sealant, grout, and other exposed parts of the pool.
  • For vinyl liner pools, check and repair holes and tears; while you want to look out for cracks in concrete, gunite, and fiberglass pools.

Annual Maintenance Checklist

  • Inspect water pump to fine-tune, replace or repair bearings, drive belt, and any other parts that are malfunctioning.
  • MInspect the vibration and temperature of the motor to ensure efficient functioning.

Even with all maintenance practices duly ensured, there’s still a chance that machines have a tendency to malfunction, so does a pool pump. Early detection of an inefficient run of the pool pump can go a long way in preventing permanent damage and increased costs. You can generally detect and counter these problems when you start noticing decreased water flow, overheat of the pool pump, clogs and usual noises. Call a technician as soon as you notice such signs before they escalate into bigger problems. The act of maintaining your pool pump regularly is a second to none act.

Measuring pool pump noise in decibels – the definitive guide

Ever wondered what it takes to know the level of noise that your pool pump produces? At least, one would like to know how extreme the problem at hand is, before you can decide on the best strategies to tackle the problem, right? Well, it’s no more news that pool pumps are sometimes unbearably loud due to various factors such as cavitation, blockage, the friction of its parts, etc. So, this post will not be about why and how your pool pump makes so much noise. The idea here is that your pool pump is noisy, you want to reduce this noise, or maybe strangle its neck completely. But you want to know how loud this noise being produced is to be so disturbing.

Calm down! You’ll know all you need to know before the ink of this page dries up. First, I want to take you through an interesting journey of what you may have learned way back in junior high school but have probably forgotten all about it. Did you raise your eyebrows? Well, tell me you remember the professional definition of Sound and Noise. What you want to measure from your pool pump is called sound, and when it becomes a menace, it’s noise. So, how best to understand the technical aspects of the act than to understand what is being produced much better?

Whenever your eardrums vibrate because of the differences in air pressure, a sound was just produced. Well, I don’t want to bore you with the biology of the transmitting of waves from your eardrum through tiny bones, and all. You just hold on to the fact that you hear different tones and pitches of sound because of the variance in the frequency of sound waves. On the other hand, noise is undesired sound. Oh! You know that already, right? Well, that’s good. But it didn’t hurt for me to mention it again, did it? Did you know that what constitutes noise to you might not be to another person? Yes, what makes up noise is relative. But generally, at what point does noise starts to become noise?

30 Decibels. Decibels? What’s that; did you just ask? Well, that’s the general unit of expressing sound. Decibels is expressed in ‘dB’ for short. Of course, the least audible sound begins at 0 dB, while the generally accepted level of sound kind of ends at 30 dB. Do you want to know what’s interesting? Every 3 dB increase of sound doubles its intensity from the last figure. Little wonder why just a few added numbers of increasing your stereo volume makes it so loud, so quickly. But wait, we basically hear these sounds with our ear. Does that mean there’s a way our ears can work as a decibel meter? Well, where can technology not lead us? But no, they have already created a device that does that. And yes, just as you thought, it’s called a Decibel Meter. What’s so special about this Meter that allows it measure sound so well?

It contains a super sensitive microphone that will usually pick up sound and change it to an electric signal that is measurable. “Cool, but they will be expensive.” No, they are not, besides you can easily also download the meter from the app store of your mobile devices. Yes, it’s that easy. See images of some of the devices and phone apps that we personally recommend below:

How do these devices and apps work? I thought you’ll never ask. Well, these devices have manuals attached to them, so get on with reading the manual to know how to operate the device. I’ll only be giving you tips related to knowing how to identify the level of noise of your pump.

It’s best to measure the level of your pool pump noise from about 1Ft away.

Try to take various samples of your results to ensure data consistency.

Record the data once you are satisfied.

If you’re using the Decibel 10th app, there’s a feature in the app that allows you to capture the recording with a picture of the pump.

Have you measured the noise level of your pool pump? You should have gotten a figure between 65-90 Decibels; that’s the range of noise level of a typical pool pump. Did you know that is as loud as a car riding in a subway? Well, that will disrupt your desired pool pleasure, wouldn’t it?

Remember I mentioned earlier that every 3 dB increase of sound doubles its intensity from the last figure. The same applies vice versa; every small decrease in the sound level of your pool pump goes a long way in creating a more bearable noise level. A decrease of 10 Decibels, for instance, will reduce the noise intensity of the pool pump by a whole 90%. Well, researchers are awesome, aren’t they? Check out the table below to understand better.

I am sure this information excites you, and as tempted as I am to reveal the ways to reduce pool pump noise, I apologize, but this post is strictly for measuring the noise level of the pump. You’ll find mitigation measures in another post on this website on how to reduce pool pump noise.

So, let’s assume you have taken the measures to reduce your pool pump noise, or you are thinking about doing that but not sure how effective it will be according to the readings of the Decibel meter. We have taken the initiative to capture some of the results we have recorded with some pumps. See these below:

Enough proof? So, what are you waiting for? Get the meter or app right away and be in the light. Knowledge is light, right? I hope you won’t again be oblivious of the noise level of your pool pumps before and after your noise mitigation measures.

4 key tips to figure out what causes your pool pump motor to be noisy

We know how much of a nuisance a loud swimming pool pump could be to both you and your neighbours alike. Some pool pumps usually make a lot of noise, while other pumps are quieter because they have been innovated by manufactures who are trying to create a serene environment for you to enjoy your backyard swimming pool. Also, the intensity and disturbance of the loud noise will depend on the location of the pool. When your pool pump starts producing more noise than normal, it is usually an indication that something in the pool pump needs repair.

The first thing to do when your pool pump is loud is to listen and try to spot the source of the noise. Next, you need to identify the type of noise the pool pump is making. The noise may be rattle that sounds like a series of short sharp with loud sounds as if hard objects are colliding. This sound indicates that there are loose screws and that the pool pump motor isn’t well seated on its base.

Other sound you may find are a clattering noise which is like marbles moving around the pump. The noise from your pool system can also be a rumbling, or screeching sound.

As you can see, there are many different causes that can make a loud pump noise in your pool system.  Here are a few reasons with a description of how the noise is produced.

Cavitation:

This happens when the supply of water is lower than adequate within a particular time frame. This means that the pool pump is starved of water and the impeller spins with insufficient water. This can cause a loud clattering sound.

Blocked impeller:

Constant cavitation can lead to wearing out of the pool pump. This is because during cavitation, the pool pump motor runs dry as the impeller will be beating the air. If the pool pump is on for long, the impeller will begin to heat up, which would in turn produce a loud rattling noise.

Internal Blockage

During the filtering process, debris can get pulled into the pool pump and clog skimmer baskets, filters, and drains. This can cause a grinding noise.

Wear-out of motor bearings:

in the instance of screaming noises, it may be that the bearings of the pool pump motor are wearing out. Bearings are placed onto the pool pump motor to help reduce the friction as the electromagnets make the motor shaft spin.

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5 best practices you should try to reduce loud pool pump noise

During the normal operation of a swimming pool, there’s bound to be some sort of noise by pool pump. This noise isn’t excessively annoying, but when it becomes louder, it means there’s a problem with the pump that should be checked out. If it is not addressed in time, the issues will get worse and the pool pump motor will become unusable. There are different reasons that may cause a pool pump to fail, from cavitation, internal blockage, worn-out bearings among others. The noise can range from screeching to rumbling and clattering. Here are a few tricks to quiet your pool pump devices.

    • Adjust the base of your swimming pool pump:

      If your pump is vibrating excessively, it’s a sign that your pool pump motor is out of place. To fix or prevent this kind of movement and noise, tighten screws to secure and hold down your pool pump. You can also place an absorbent pad beneath the pool pump motor. To do this, you should first remove the bolts holding the pump to the concrete pad, place a piece of carpet or rubber pad beneath the motor and screw the pool pump motor back in place.
    • Check and Clean skimmer baskets:

      Debris or floating objects can get stuck in the skimmer basket and lead to eventual clogging. This, in turn, will cause the water pump to run dry. This can cause your pool pump to heat up and maybe fail. In this case, check your skimmer baskets to ensure that there’s no blockage. If there is, clean it out so that water can flow easily to the pump motor and the right rate.
    • Raise water levels:

      It is possible that the pool pump noise persists even after cleaning the skimmer baskets. In this case, it may be that the water level in the pool is not high enough to flow into the pump. Adjust the water level, and the noise will reduce drastically.
  • Clean Impeller:

    Turn off the pool pump motor and disconnect from the power source. Then take off the clear cover from the pump body, remove the strainer basket so you can see the impeller. Make a hook out of a coat hanger and insert it into the impeller opening on the pool pump motor located inside the area that held the strainer basket. Use the wire hook to fish out any debris inside the impeller. After cleaning it, replace the skimmer basket and lid of the pool pump. Turn on power to the pool pump motor.

Changing of Bearings:

Bearings are placed on the pump to help reduce the friction in the spinning motor shaft and they can easily wear and tear than other components of the pool circulation system. Also, motor bearings cannot be greased. The options are to either change them or to replace the pool pump motor completely. On the brighter side though, the cost of replacement is relatively low, although the extensive effort is required.

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