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What Might Cause Air Bubbles in Your Pool
When envisioning the serene ambience of a pool, one typically imagines calm waters reflecting the sun, not aggressive bubbles shooting from the pool’s returns. So, when these bubbles appear, it’s understandable to question their origin.
How Your Pump and Filter System Operate:
- Water Intake: Your pump draws water from the pool’s skimmers and main drains.
- Initial Filtration: Water first encounters the strainer pot which filters out major debris.
- Impeller Push: The water, post strainer pot, is driven towards the filter by an impeller.
- Main Filtration: Depending on your setup (sand, cartridge, or D.E. filter), the water is cleansed of dirt, debris, and potentially harmful bacteria.
- Final Flow: After filtering, the water might pass through heaters or salt chlorine generators, finally re-entering the pool via return jets.
Bubbles in your pool typically indicate that air is being drawn into the suction side of the pump. This often arises during the initial pool setup or after maintenance activities.
Pinpointing the Culprits Behind Air Bubbles
Air being introduced into your pool system can stem from various factors. Let’s delve into the most common culprits:
Pool Water Level
If the pool’s water level drops too low, the skimmer might introduce air into the pump/filter system. The recommended water level is halfway to three-quarters up the skimmer. And a special note for fiberglass pool owners: it’s crucial never to drain your pool completely, as it can void warranties and potentially damage the pool structure.
Strainer Pot Lid Issues
An improperly secured strainer pot lid can become an unintended entry point for air. Ensure the following:
- The lid is securely fastened.
- The O-ring beneath the lid is present, undamaged, and correctly seated.
- No obstructions like dirt or grit hinder the lid from sealing.
Pump-Valve Union Alignment
The fitting between the pool pump and the valves, known as the union, is often where issues arise. Regular maintenance can lead to misalignments or disruptions. Always ensure:
- The O-ring within the union is present, undamaged, and correctly seated.
- No obstructions prevent the union from achieving a full seal.
Do you still see air bubbles in your pool?
If you’ve examined the aforementioned factors and the problem persists, it might point towards more significant issues like a leak in the plumbing on the suction side. Such issues, especially if they involve the main drain or skimmer line, might require professional intervention. Remember, regular maintenance and vigilance can prevent such problems, ensuring your pool remains your backyard’s sparkling gem.
Making the Most of Your Pool
PoolForce understands that owning a pool is more than just enjoying its aesthetic appeal. It’s about understanding its intricate workings to ensure longevity and optimal performance. Apart from troubleshooting air bubbles, we are equipped to address a wide range of pool-related concerns, from installation to long-term maintenance.
Lastly, while we advocate for fiberglass pools due to their low maintenance and longevity, we recognize they might not be the best fit for everyone. However, we stand by their value and encourage potential pool owners to consider them.
Remember, whether it’s understanding air bubbles, choosing the right pool for your home, or any other concern, PoolForce is here to guide you every step of the way.
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