Is your pool ready for summer?! Pool season is almost here, so use these 4 easy DIY pool inspection tips to make sure your pool & pump are ready for action:
1. Check your water chemistry!
Water testing and chemical balancing needs to be performed once or twice a week during the summer and at least every few weeks during the winter. Test with at-home test kits or take water to a pool store/professional for the most accurate levels. The more often water is tested and balanced, the less chemicals you need to use! While you’re at it, be sure to brush and skim your water regularly and clean your pool filters as well. Stay tuned for a printable pool care calendar to help you stay on track with pool water hygiene, as well as reels and videos on HOW to clean the filters.
2. Turn off the pump and look over the interior finish
Look for cracking, flaking (etching), and areas of discoloration on a plaster liner OR for indications of cracking or material loss (lots of loose or missing pebbles) in a pebble liner. Observe for any rust stains not caused by something metallic falling into the pool. This could be an indication the structure is cracked and leaking.
3. Turn the pump on and listen
The pump should have a steady, mechanical sound that is not excessively noisy. You should be able to have a conversation without shouting near the pump. Loud rattling, grinding, and high pitched sounds are often an indication of insufficient water flow or issues with the impeller or bearings. Pumps can often be repaired, however replacement of single speed pumps may be desirable as they are significantly less energy efficient than new 2 speed or variable speed pumps.
4. With the system running, scan each valve and connecting fitting for leaks
Also check out pump connections, strainer basket and motor connection. Observe the filter housing, clamp and pressure gauge. Turn valve handles and check for dripping water, and while you are at it assess for stiffness or ease of turning the handles.
A pool is an important part of any standard home inspection. If any of these inspection points cause concern, consult a qualified pool repair contractor. Follow us on Instagram @brownandcohomes for more fun pool-related information during the month of MAY, including drink & snack recipes, a pool maintenance calendar, reels on how to clean your pool filters, and more!