As fun as it is to have a swimming pool in your backyard, you need to be prepared to carry out pool maintenance. Unlike free flowing water bodies, pool water is stagnant, and this provides ample opportunity for dirt, bacteria, and algae to collect.
The water in your swimming pool needs to be circulated to ensure that it is clean, and a healthy pool environment is maintained. Swimming pool circulation is important for this reason.
How is water circulated in a swimming pool?
Every swimming pool has something called pool jets in its walls. These are plastic openings present in the wall through which filtered pool water is put back into the pool. Your swimming pool’s water level must be above the skimmer level if you want it to pass through the filter.
A swimming pool pump is responsible for sucking in water through the pool skimmer and this water enters the pool’s filtration system. Here, purification of the water takes place and debris, as well as other contaminants, are removed. Once the water has been purified, it re-enters the swimming pool through pool jets. This process is necessary to ensure your swimming pool has clean water at all times.
Apart from allowing filtered water to re-enter the pool, pool jets also help distribute chlorine and other chemicals throughout the water. In the absence of these pool jets, chlorine and other chemicals put in one place in the swimming pool would continue to remain there, meaning that the water in other pool areas doesn’t get cleaned. With proper distribution of chemicals, you’ll be able to ensure that water in your entire pool is cleaned and not just the region where you put the chemical.
Why is swimming pool circulation important?
You need a healthy pool to swim in
You want to make sure you’re swimming in healthy waters and stagnant waters are anything but healthy. Swimming pool circulation will ensure that your water is circulated and cleaned by the filtration system which means you’ll have a pool with clean water that’s safe to swim in.
Nobody wants bacteria and other micro-organisms in the pool
Many people use swimming pools and as much as you love your family, each person can possibly bring in bacteria and other micro-organisms into the pool. This isn’t good news because it means that your water safety will be compromised. More contaminants in the pool can also lead to the accumulation of algae. Making use of disinfectants like a UV lamp, chlorine, or an electrolysis base system will keep your water safe for swimming.
These disinfectants can’t just remain in one spot in your pool because that’s not going to effectively clean the water. A pool circulation system will help spread the disinfectants throughout the water volume and make sure germs are killed.
Your water gets filtered the right way
There’s a lot that can accumulate in a swimming pool that’s being used. Leaves, dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate in the water and trying to get rid of them manually is a time consuming and ineffective method to rely on.
With a pool circulation system, pool pumps will be able to suck in the pool water and ensure that it’s filtered through the pool’s filtration system before releasing it back into the pool through pool jets. Skimmers will help to create movement on the surface of the pool. You can even use a pool vacuum to get rid of debris that have settled at the pool’s bottom.
You can protect your loved ones
Your health as well as the health of your family should be a priority when you go out to take a dip in the pool. Dirty pool water that hasn’t been subjected to any kind of disinfecting can result in severe illness and pose a major health risk for your loved ones. You don’t want to have to worry about your loved ones’ health every time they go out for a swim. You can be at peace with a pool circulation system, knowing that they’re in safe waters.
You can make more money from it
If you want to sell your home and your swimming pool doesn’t have proper circulation, maintaining it will become a bigger issue for the next owner which could significantly impact the value of your property. Everyone loves a pool in the backyard but they also want something that’s easy to maintain. Ensuring that your pool has proper circulation will elevate your property’s aesthetic value and fetch you a higher price for it.
Say goodbye to expensive maintenance costs
Without proper pool circulation, you’ll increase the build-up of contaminants in your pool and maintenance will become a lot more difficult. You’ll have to spend more on repairs and maintenance checks and this could lead to a reduction in your pool’s lifespan. Pool circulation allows for ongoing cleaning and will save you lots of money on maintenance checks.
You’ll have more peace of mind
All of the above benefits will ultimately give you greater peace of mind knowing that your backyard pool’s waters are clean and safe to swim in. You can even host parties and call people over without worrying about the condition of your pool.
What can you do to improve pool circulation?
To improve pool circulation, you need to:
- Invest in a high quality pool circulation system as well as other equipment.
- Optimise the speed of the pool pump speed so that you can maintain correct flow rate in the pool.
- Run your pool pump for at least 8 to 10 hours a day so that your swimming pool’s entire volume is passed through the pool’s filtration system. This is referred to as the turnover rate and depends on your pump’s horsepower, motor, pipe size, and plumbing factors.
- Regularly brush your pool’s dead zones (cracks, behind ladders, under skimmers, crevices, near pool steps) to release contaminants which can then pass through the pool filter.
- Clean your filter regularly so that there are no clogs. You must also rinse the cartridges and thoroughly clean your filter tanks.
- Ensure you have multi-directional return jets so that the water is optimally circulated. If you have just one, turn it downwards and towards the opposite direction of the skimmer to ensure that water from the bottom is circulated with surface water.