When you've got the family, friends, pets and football team in the pool more than usual over Summer, cloudy pool water can arise! Stay on top of your clear water by maintaining your filtration in peak season:
Increase Filtration Time
Your filter should be running minimum 6 hours, maximum 10 hours and ideally at night time. Avoid the temptation of running your pump less than what it takes to circulate your pool water completely because that would leave a lot of dirt and debris in your pool.
Run pool pump at night time
If running your filtration system and noise is not a factor with the neighbours, we recommend running at night time as the more disturbance in the water during daylight hours allows the sun to extract and break down your chemical levels in the pool.
Get an ECO-pump
Did you know that you can increase filtration time AND run your pool pump at night, AND save money at the same time? ECO pumps can run at lower speeds, providing not only energy efficiency, but they run whisper quiet, okay, not whisper quiet but quiet enough not to be noticed when it is running in the middle of the night!
Learn more about ECO pumps and our reviews of the Best Energy Efficient ECO Pumps Here.
Keep your filters in top shape by cleaning them as well. Even the cleaners need a deep clean every now and then!
Cartridge filter tip - Always have 2 cartridges on hand so you can swap out and continue filtering your pool when you do a deep cartridge clean. To deep clean your filter cartridges, soak your cartridge in a tub of clean water with some Zodiac Filter Cleaner overnight then hose it off the next day for a thorough clean. The Filter Cleaning solution melts away stubborn dirt, gunk, oils, and everything else that doesn't get hosed away during filter cleaning tasks.
For sand filters, a good backwash will usually get you back on track with filtering your pool during peak season. But during the peak season, the amount of body oils and dead skin cells may gunk up even sand filter media so you can use some filter cleaner on it as well. Just close up the valves, put the filter cleaner directly into your sand filter and let it stand for 24 hours and then give it a good backwash and then set it to rinse for at least 10-15 seconds before setting it back to filter mode.
Remove your pool cleaners after using
Good clarity comes from good filtration, so leaving your suction cleaner attached 24/7 isn't a good idea as this also puts a strain on your pool pump, trying to suck water through a 38mm hole.
Aside from improving your filtration, taking your cleaners out of the pool after using them will greatly increase the lifespan of your pool cleaners!
Empty pump and skimmer baskets daily
Keep your skimmer basket and pump basket empty to allow for good filtration. Without blockage, your pump can function / draw water in easier so that it will be pushed through your filtration system with ease.
Conclusion and Other Notes
Maintaining your pool filtration during peak seson is actually quite simple. Just keep doing what you're doing normally and your pool filtration should be fine. Remember, pool care and maintenance is a marathon and not a sprint. By keeping your equipment in top shape and your pool water balanced at all times, your filtration will be fine even in peak season
We also have some other blog posts that you might find helpful as well. Basically a compilation of questions from pool owners and how to deal with those situations.
Problems with your pool chemistry? Here's a quick and easy guide on how to test and fix pool water.
Cloudy pool water? Here's Mr Pool Man's Guide on How to fix cloudy pool water.
Pool Equipment on the fritz? Here's how to test and fix pool equipment.
Green Pool Water? Pool Looking like a swamp? Read up on how to get rid of pool algae (green pool water) right here.
Do you have black spot algae? This is one of the most stubborn pool stains that we know of, and here's how to get rid of black spot algae.
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Happy swimming :)