The pool’s circulation system is essential in maintaining a healthy pool. While maintaining balanced chemical levels plays a key role in keeping the pool water from getting cloudy and removing contaminants, algae and other organics out of your pool, it is not always enough. You can still have cloudy and unhealthy water in your pool if the water doesn’t circulate properly.
The pool circulation system is the heart of your pool. It is the first step in the process of maintaining a clean and safe pool. It allows water filtration in the pool which removes debris and other contaminants. It also circulates water throughout the pool which helps to spread chemicals in the water.
The pool pump is responsible for pool circulation. It sucks in water from the pool and passes it through the filter where all impurities are removed, after which the jets push the water back into the pool. As you can see, the pool circulation system is vital if you want to maintain your pool in top-notch shape.
1.Position the jets properly
All pools have two or three jets that return the water that filters through the pool circulation system back to the pool. To improve circulation, use multi-directional jets as they allow you to determine the direction of the water returning to the pool. You should position the jets in a direction to spin the water into the pool.
The jets should be pointed downward and in the opposite direction of the pool skimmers to help mix the water at the surface of the pool with water at the bottom. This makes it easier for water to circulate in the pool.
2.Clean the pool regularly
Regular cleaning helps improve the pool’s circulation as it helps to remove dirt and debris from the water. Brush the walls of the pool to remove dirt and buildup clinging to the walls. Don’t forget to brush the pool’s dead areas like corners, behind the ladders and pool steps, the bottom of the pool which doesn’t have a drain and the area behind the skimmers.
In most cases, these areas suffer from poor circulation. You should use a brush with a telescopic pole to access all areas of the pool. Also, vacuum the pool at least once a week to remove dirt and debris from the bottom of the pool.
3.Clean the filter
Clean the filter regularly to improve the pool’s circulation. A dirty filter can clog and back up the system resulting in poor circulation. No matter the type of filter you have, whether sand or cartridge filter, you need to clean it regularly to remove debris and dirt. For cartridge filters, remove the cartridges and clean them thoroughly.
Clean the filter tank as well. For sand filters, turn off the pump and put the filter lever on backwash position and turn on the pump. Let the pump run until the water in the filter’s view glass becomes clear. Turn off the pump, set the filter lever back to filter position and restart the pump.