There are many items worth checking through out the season. Simple
checks are as common as making sure the pump lid o-ring is properly lubricated. Products like Jack's lube, and Magic
Lube can give the proper lubrication to o-rings to help maintain longer life of the o-rings.
Another thing that should be checked is your pump and skimmer basket for
cracks, and splits. A cracked basket can allow debris to clog your impeller. This can cause loss of flow, that
can lead to poor filtration, and other water clarity problems.
For D.E. filter owners it is a good practice for you to clean the filter
grids thoroughly mid season. Opening the filter and removing the entire grid assembly and hosing off all the D.E. from
the grids is a wise move. During regular backwashing you get about 80% of the D.E. out, so if 20% is left that can
add up to a lot of extra D.E. in your filter. With too much D.E. in the filter the grids can bridge together, and cause
high filter pressure, and poor filtration.
Slides and Diving Boards...
If It is VERY important to check your ladder, handrail, slides and diving
board bolts and hardware. When the bolts are not tightened properly it can be dangerous, and cause injuries.If you have
a slide or diving board always check it for cracks, and rusty bolts. Also check your ladder, and handrail bolts.
It is important that they are tight, and don't let the ladder, or handrail rock this happens it is wise to replace the hardware
to prevent injury.
You may want to check your equipment area for leaves, grass and mulch.
It may look nice, but heavily landscaped equipment areas cause problems. If equipment is covered with various types
of debris it can cause the pumps to over heat and wear out or burn up.
Check to make sure all wire connections and conduit is intact. If
it is split or cracked... Electrical tape is not the proper repair... have it replaced. Unsafe electrical conditions can cause injury, or death.
Most electrical work should be done by a licensed professional.
Another area you will want to check is the both skimmer and pump baskets.
Check for cracks and splits. This can cause unwanted debris in the pump basket. Also check the skimmer housing
for cracks. Most small cracks can be repaired before they crack completely and need to be replaced. This is a
VERY costly repair.
For those of you that have safety covers, such as Loop-Loc safety covers,
you should check your anchors to make sure they thread out, or pop up properly. Also check to see if they are still
secure in the concrete or wood deck. If the anchors are not anchored properly have them re-secured as soon as possible.
It could possibly save you from a liablity issue caused by injury or even death!
On in-floor cleaning systems at the distribution system there is an in-line
filter. It is located at the union going to the unit. This filter should be checked and cleaned regularly.
If it is clogged it can cause the in-floor system to not work properly.
Pool owners with heaters should test the heater from time to time if it
is not being used. Not only to make sure it is working, but to prevent rodent infestation. These pesky critters
can do a lot of damage to heaters. Some desert regions even go as far as doing rodent proofing around the pool area.
If you sense a problem with your heater consult with a pool professional.
It is wise to check your auto fills from time to time. Make sure
the float operates properly, and shuts off at the appropriate level. When these floats malfunction they will over flow
your pool, and raise your water bill. Better to be safe than sorry!