Costly pool mistakes I See All The Time

Costly Pool Mistakes

These costly pool mistakes are very common. I see these all the time and it usually leads to an expensive repair by the time I am called out.

  1. Not maintaining a consistent water level in the pool. This is one of the more common costly pool mistakes that homeowners make. If you do not have sufficient water in the pool the pumps will suck the skimmers dry causing air to be introduced into the system. This is bad because this breaks the pump suction which causes the circulation to stop. If you have no circulation then your pool gets no chlorine and goes green quickly. This will also burn up a pump very quickly as it needs water to cool the pump seal.
  2. Not keeping the skimmer baskets clean. Especially after a big storm or in the fall when the leaves are falling the skimmers get plugged up tight with debris very quickly. Most homeowners forget to pop the lid and clean their skimmer baskets. This impedes free water circulation and causes the flow to eventually stop altogether. This will burn up your pump quickly and will also create a green pool situation.
  3. Not taking care of a leaking pump. A leaking pump is bad because this causes high water bills. Even worse is a burned up pump which is next on the list. The seals in a typical pump are good for usually 3 years under normal use. After that you are overdue to replace them. This is not an easy job in some cases, so a call to a pool service professional will keep your pump running optimally and avoid an expensive pump replacement due to neglect of a leaking shaft seal.
  4. Leaving pool toys in the pool after swimming. This is very common. You have a great time with the family in the pool and everyone jumps out to go eat lunch, leaving all of the various pool toys in the pool for days if not weeks. It is very common for the pool toys to eventually get sucked into the skimmer boxes causing erratic flow to the pump. In some cases if the skimmer basket is missing, the smaller toys actually get sucked into the underground piping causing a very expensive replacement as the pipe has to be dug up and reburied. Put the toys away when you get out of the pool! A toy storage bin is cheap and keeps the floats from blowing into the neighbor’s yard.
  5. Letting shaggy dogs swim at free will all the time. I love big ole shaggy dogs, but their hair gets sucked into the pumps and valves causing multiple problems. It’s perfectly OK to let your dogs enjoy a swim occasionally, but if they are locked into the backyard alone all the time, they tend to take dips every few minutes and the shake their hair dry which causes serious hair loss into the pool.

These are all simple yet avoidable…

Taking care of these simple things will go a very long way to help keep your pool water and equipment working trouble free for years. To avoid these costly pool mistakes takes a little discipline to keep the water level up, the skimmers clean, the dogs out, and putting pool toys away, but the results will get you started out right. Try it and you’ll see the difference!


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4 thoughts on “Costly pool mistakes I See All The Time

  • May 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the tips! ~

  • May 7, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I hope this helps Cody!

  • May 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    You are so right about the dog hair! Our dog destroyed our expensive pump in 6 months!

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Mary I have seen that problem more times than I can count. The hair gets tangled in the pump impeller and eventually it destroys the pump shaft seal and then the pump loses suction, overheats, and is ruined. A quick temporary solution is to place skimmer socks in all of the skimmers to catch the hair before it gets to the pumps.

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