How to Filter Your Tampa Swimming Pool the Right Way

Filtering your Tampa swimming pool is very important. Proper pool maintenance including a well-functioning filter system will help your swimming pool to look amazing and save you money!.  
 
Proper filtration is especially important during the Summer months when thunderstorms and strong wind can blow dirt and debris into your pool. Even if your pool has a screen enclosure, people can track leaves and grass clippings in on their shoes or fee, you may have plants inside your screen enclosure, and it's common to find human and pet hair in swimming pools. 
 
It's much easier and less expensive to maintain your pool through good filtering than to correct a problem with chemicals. As a result, good pool maintenance saves you both time and money!
 
How Long Should I Filter My Pool Each Day?
 
There are several variables involved in answering this question, including the size of the pool, flow rate of the pool pump, how often the pool is used,  whether the pool has a screen enclosure, and the amount of rain and leaves entering the pool. You can run calculations - pool volume, divided by the flow rate of the pump, times times the number of times you want the water cycled per day. But if you want to keep things simple, a good rule of thumb is to run the filtration system for 6-8 hours per day. If the pool is screened or doesn't get much use, 6 hours is usually fine. If the pool gets gets a lot of use  or a lot of leaves in it, more filtration is better.
 
Add and Remove Water When Necessary
 
A lot of debris that gets into pools floats (at least for a little while).  When it rains a lot, the water level can rise above the top of the skimmer, keeping debris that is floating on the surface of the water from being sucked into the skimmer and filtered out of the water.  If this happens, water should be drained from the pool until it is about an inch below the top of the skimmer.
 
When there are dry periods, the water level can drop close to the bottom of the skimmer.  If the water level is too low, water cannot flow fast enough into the skimmer, causing the pump to take in air which can damage the pump.  If this happens, water should be added.  Ideally, the water level should be about half way between the top and bottom of the skimmer.
 
Proper Chemical Balance is Key
 
In addition to running the filtration system correctly, it's also important for the pool water to have the right chemical balance. Chemicals in hair and makeup, organic debris,  rain water, and evaporation all impact chemical levels. Even with filtering, these items can stain your pool and reduce the lifetime of your pool equipment. So, it's vital to test your water regularly. Many pool supply stores will test your pool for free and tell you exactly what chemicals to add to gain the proper balance.

Tampa Swimming Pool Filtering Saves Money!

Filtering your pool the right way prevent a dirty mess and an expensive clean up. It will also cause you to use less chlorine and less water.  The math is simple: less chlorine + less water = more savings! 
 
If you are considering building or remodeling a swimming pool in Tampa, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey or anywhere in the Tampa Bay area, contact the premier Tampa pool builder, Grand Vista Pools!
 

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