Why Does Pool Pump Loss Water Yet Primes? [Fact Checked!]

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You have just finished your pool season and, as usual, you are removing the accumulated dirt and oils from your pool. After your last clean, the red and green lights on the pool pump are once again illuminated and your pool is ready for the new season. It’s a time of year when you can relax and enjoy your pool. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when you start losing water, more so than usual.

Why is that so? How can a pool still lose water when it’s been sitting heavily loaded down the entire summer? The truth is that once the warm season arrives, even the tiniest amount of dirt can prevent your pool from properly distributing and filtering the water it contains. The sooner you address this issue, the better. That is why we’re going to discuss how to efficiently check and fix your pool’s prime mover.

Why Check The Pool Pump First

In the grand scheme of things, the pool pump is the least important part of your pool’s hydraulic system. Its job is to provide the power necessary to push the water through the pool’s plumbing system. It takes little to no effort to keep in good working order, so you shouldn’t worry about that aspect of your pool’s equipment for very long. However, this doesn’t mean that it is inconsequential. If you do happen to lose power at some point during the year, it can become a major pain to determine the cause. Believe it or not, even a slightly blocked or damaged pool pump can give you all kinds of unforeseen problems. This is why we always recommend checking your pool pump first, before trying to fix anything else.

What Is A Pool Pump?

If you are unaware, a pool pump is a piece of equipment that connects to the water source of your pool and helps move the water to the other pool accessories. The most basic version is a positive displacement unit that draws a predetermined amount of water into the tank at a pre-set pressure. In other words, the pump will draw a certain amount of water from the source whenever it is turned on. This means that regardless of how much water is left in the pool, the pump will continue to operate as long as there is any at all.

To put it simply, imagine a car tire with a fixed volume of air inside. When you turn the key, it will start up immediately and continue running until the air runs out. Similarly, a pool pump provides the basic function of moving water regardless of whether or not there is any left in the tank. The only difference is that a car tire needs to be maintained and serviced while a pool pump only needs to be cleaned and filled up when necessary. Another important thing to note about a pool pump is that it helps keep the water volume constant for your pool. So as long as you have power, your pool will continue to retain its pre-set level of water even if the weather turns cold and the ground becomes frozen. This is critical in maintaining the right balance between wet and dry areas in your pool. Dry areas can cause health problems for humans if they are not properly maintained while wet areas may cause major damage to your pool.

How Is A Pool Pump Installed?

Pools are typically designed to be installed in a concrete or brick basement with the water flowing either through exposed steel or copper piping or embedded within a steel grid system. The concrete or brick provides excellent support for the weight of the equipment as well as a stable base for the plumbing. Once the piping is laid out, the pump is then secured in place by using steel anchorage devices such as collars and straps. These are then tightened to provide a secure connection that will not loosen under any circumstances.

How Is A Pool Pump Serviced?

Pools are a considerable investment and it is important to ensure that they operate at their optimum capacity all year long. This means regular maintenance and service in the form of cleaning and testing the water. The general rule of thumb is every three months for the first year (or more often if you live in a warmer climate), followed by every six months or once every two years after that. Testing the water is simply going to the pool and submerging some test sticks in the water for a few minutes to make sure that it has not become contaminated by chemicals, germs, or weed seeds. If these test results are within the normal ranges, then the water is considered to be safe for swimming purposes.

If you feel that there is more than one contributing factor to your pool’s loss of water (for example, dirt and debris as well as sharp objects and chemical spills), then it may be a good idea to service the whole pool at once. This can be done by either having a professional come in and clean the whole thing or taking the time to do it yourself. Regardless, getting the junk removed will help upgrade the capacity of your pool to ensure that the water stays where it belongs all year long.

What Problems Might A Pool Have?

As we mentioned above, even the tiniest amount of dirt can prevent your pool from operating at its optimum capacity. This is due to the fact that the filter media within the pool gradually fills up with dirt over time, meaning you need to clean it more frequently than usual. It is also possible for an air pocket to become trapped within the filter media, preventing the proper flow of water through the system. This is why we always recommend cleaning the filter media at least once a month.

An air pocket within the filter media can cause all kinds of problems, including damage to your pool’s equipment. If the air pocket is not removed, it will eventually cause one of the components to malfunction. Things like motors and bearings can become damaged by constant exposure to high pressure and extremely high temperatures. If this happens, it will likely mean having to replace some of the equipment entirely.

Additional Considerations

It is also important to keep an eye on the pool’s chemistry, especially if you live in a warmer climate. The pH level of your pool’s water should ideally be around 7.2 to 7.4. Anything above that and you will start noticing major health problems for your aquatic life, particularly fish.

Another critical factor to consider is the use of chemical cleaners and sanitizers within your pool water. Even in small quantities, these chemicals can cause significant damage to your pool’s equipment and its surrounding environment. They are also known to be among the most difficult cleaners to remove from water once they have been introduced. While the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, overly concentrated chemical cleaners can create acid environments that damage metals and other inorganic materials. Therefore, it is a good idea to test for chemicals before using any type of cleaner.

In order to prevent any future issues, it is important to address these matters as soon as possible. Fortunately, most of these issues can be easily fixed with a little bit of research and proper planning. Keep in mind that preventing problems can sometimes be more beneficial than fixing them, so make sure you consider all the angles before taking any action.

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