Swimming pool water circulation – why it’s so important
If you struggle to keep your swimming pool clean, or your chemical levels in balance, something as simple as water circulation might be the problem. Water circulation is a very important aspect of pool construction and maintenance that unfortunately is often overlooked.
When done properly, it helps keep water clean, cool and in chemical balance. When it’s not done right, you may struggle with some or all of these issues on a regular basis, wasting time and money trying to fix a problem that your pool builder may have helped create.
Some of the benefits of having good circulation in your pool include:
- Ease of keeping the pool clean – properly circulating water pushes sediments, dirt and oils to skimmers and strainers where the water can be properly cleaned
- Lower temperatures – when your water circulates properly, cooler water is pumped into the pool, thus refreshing and cooling water temperatures
- Save time and money – less time maintaining the pool means more time to enjoy it. Also the less you have to spend on chemicals to keep the pool clean the better.
Do You Have Slotted Eyeballs?
You may never have heard of “slotted eyeballs” before, but if you want your pool to have the absolute best water circulation, it’s time to learn what they are. We call them “slotted eyeballs” or “pool return jets” but you might know them as an angled jet – a water jet that pushes water in one direction along the sides of the pool as opposed to a traditional jet that blows water straight into the pool.
Why do they work? It’s the same reason water flushes out of your toilet!
Slotted eyeballs create a vortex of water that circulates counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere. This keeps dirt and water moving naturally towards a skimmer instead of pointing directly at each other as is the case with traditional jets.
To use an example, think of what happens when you drop a leaf into a pool with standard jets. The leaf will float back and forth against the opposing jets, usually staying in the middle. However, if your pool has slotted eyeballs, the leaf should begin to move along the sides of the pool in a counter clockwise direction, ultimately ending up in a skimmer where it belongs.
Do You Suspect Water Circulation Problems?
If your pool often holds more dirt and debris than you’d like, or if you think the temperatures are higher than they should be during warmer months, call us today for a pool maintenance visit.
Issues like these could be related to faulty or failing equipment such as pumps, or simply having poor design of water flow features. In either case, our pool technicians will help diagnose the problem and offer a solution that will have your pool in tip-top shape before the spring swimming season is upon us!