You may be new to pool ownership and wonder about the mechanics of its inner workings. For example, how does your pool pump work? How does it keep your water looking clean and provide fresh, sparkling water for your swims? Do you need to have the pump working all day, every day? Here are some of those answers so you can better understand how your pump works.
Do You Need to Run Your Pump All Day?
One of the first things most new pool owners wonder about is, do you have to run the pump all day for it to be effective? The answer is no; it doesn't need to keep running all day, every day in order to keep the water clean and fresh. You will be burning unnecessary electricity, and it's not needed.
For your pump to be effective in cleaning your water, you only need to let it run a full complete cycle through your pool water once per day. This cycle can run for several hours depending on the size of your pool and how much water is in it. The smaller the pool, the less time it will take to cycle through the full volume of water. Your pump should have the information you will need to know for when it has cycled through all the water.
How Does the Pump Work?
Your pool pump and pool filter work together in what is known as a closed loop. The system draws water from the pool and the skimmer and transports it to the pump itself. The water will pass through a metal filter known as the strainer basket or strainer pot basket to remove most of the debris like leaves, bugs, or anything else that might have fallen into the pool.
Once it passes through the strainer, it will then pass through the motor into the cartridge filters which then remove any remaining debris left behind by the strainer. It will also remove any contaminants from within the water. This refreshed, and newly clean water will then be passed to the heater. You can set the heater to your desired temperature for the water to keep it comfortable to swim in.
It is then sent to the chlorinator. Here, chlorine is added to the water and then it is returned back into the pool.
You can help your pool pump stay in good working order by keeping the drains clean of debris, installing a pool cover to help prevent debris from falling into the water – it can also help prevent evaporation of the water and inspect your pool's filters on a regular basis. For more information, contact a company like Speck Pumps.