The pristine blue waters of your very own private swimming pool are most likely the reason for your glorious tan. As well as your healthy and fit body. Maybe even both!
After all, swimming is one of the best full body and cardio exercises you can ever do. Not to mention the fact that it’s a very pleasurable activity. And that simply being near water can do wonders for your mental and emotional health, like reduced stress, lowered risk for depression, and so many more.
But all these can go south quickly with a failed pool pump. When this critical component of your pool starts to malfunction, you’re looking at not only at costly repairs. But health issues too!
As such, you need to follow the guidelines ensuring your pool continues to bring enjoyment and not illnesses. Here’s why you should keep that pump pumping (and your heart beating)!
Because It’s the Heart of Your Pool’s Circulation System
A pool pump shares certain similarities with the human heart. It’s the “central control” of your pool’s circulation system. It sends water through the filter, which then removes dirt, dust, and debris.
When this part of the pool becomes less inefficient in moving water, improper filtration follows next. And what you now have in mind – that algae-filled, mossy, and disgusting water – will soon become a reality.
The grossness of the water aside, filthy pool water can cause even more problems for the pump and the entire pool. Corrosion of the mechanical and electrical components, as well as degradation of the pool walls and floors, will occur.
Ultimate results? You’ll end up spending more for major repairs.
And swimming pool repairs aren’t cheap. On average, pool owners from all over the country spend about $592 for fixes. While simple ones may only cost around $80, the price for the higher-end ones can go up to a whopping $2,500!
This alone should already prompt you to keep the pump clean and well-maintained. At least a weekly cleaning job should do the trick to keep circulation problems at bay.
Because It Keeps Your Water Clean
A common pool pump question is how long one should run it. This depends on several factors, including the size of the pool, pump, and piping. And don’t forget the number of people who use it (and how often).
For an exact time frame, it’s best you contact a pool professional. These experts have the skills, knowledge, and equipment to determine the right amount of time you should run the pump. In general, though, a good formula is one hour = 10 degrees of temperature.
When you don’t run your pump, or if it’s not working right due to filth, the pool water doesn’t circulate. This means that it doesn’t go through filtration. And that’s when things get dirtier, literally and figuratively.
Because It Keeps Your Pump Energy Efficient
A primary consideration of how long you need your pool pump pumping is its size. So, the larger it is, the shorter you need to run it for. Keep in mind though, that the bigger pumps consume more energy, resulting in higher utility bills.
Regardless of size though, filth can render any pump inefficient. In other words, whether you have a small or a big pump, so long as it’s dirty, you’d need to run it longer to achieve the desired circulation. And there’s also the fact that filthy pumps consume more energy.
All of which result in serious spikes in your electricity use.
Also, operating the pump for extended periods can cause heightened wear and tear. This then leads to the machine having a shorter lifespan.
So aside from higher energy bills, you’re also looking at unnecessary repair expenses. Possibly even a premature replacement for the pump.
Because You Don’t Want to Deal with Expensive Repairs
As mentioned above, a pool pump that has accumulated dirt has increased wearing and tearing. In other words, you’ll experience problems with it sooner than later.
A pump that makes odd sounds, has leaks or decreased water levels, or causes the circuit breaker to trip constantly are just a few symptoms it’s going bad. All these signs typically stem from lack of maintenance that led to filth accumulating in and around the pump.
Remember, the pump is the heart of your pool’s circulation system. When this fails, you can expect to spend hundreds of dollars on having it fixed. You may not even get to enjoy your daily health-improving laps because of a failed pump.
Because You Don’t Want to Get Sick
Diarrhea and rashes? Check. Ear and respiratory infections? Most likely. Eye and lung irritations? A possibility.
What are all these, you ask. They’re all recreational water illnesses you’re at risk of when you allow your pool to have dirty water. When you let the pool pump go without proper maintenance and cleaning.
You’ve invested a lot in your pool because you want to enjoy all the great things swimming brings. Because this activity is supposed to help make you healthier. Because it offers a great way to spend time with family and friends.
But all these can go down the drain when the pump fails to keep the pool water clean and safe. That’s why you need to recognize the value of regular pump cleaning and maintenance.
Because It Lengthens the Life of Your Pool Pump
Regular cleaning and proper maintenance of your pool pump is key to how long it’ll last you. It’s much like how clean and clear filters last longer when they receive adequate attention. Like how your own body can last longer when you keep it clean and hygienic.
Through regular professionally-carried out cleaning, you can extend the life of the pump while also shortening the amount of time you need to run it.
And this also means lower energy consumption, reduced electricity bills, and minimized repair instances.
Now that you know how crucial maintaining a clean pump is (and a clean pool in general), you should soon schedule a service. And that’s where we come to your aid. Connect with us now for more questions and to get that weekly cleaning scheduled ASAP.