Pool Jets: The Circulation You Need to Keep Your Pool Clean
Nothing says summer quite like clear pool water. Achieving that clean and healthy pool water requires good water circulation along with good water chemistry. In order to have a gorgeous pool with sparkling water and less maintenance, you have to understand how water circulation and water flow in your pool work to keep it clean. That way, you can stress less and get back to relaxing in that clear water.
How Does Pool Water Circulation Work?
Natural bodies of water usually have water flow in the form of streams and creeks. However, pools generally don’t have those built-in, and manual water circulation is required to prevent your beautiful pool from becoming the Everglades in Indiana. Stagnant water allows a build-up of debris and algae, so unless you fancy a swim in a swamp, you want to be sure you have a functional pool circulation system. This system also works to properly distribute chemicals throughout your pool.
Circulation systems include a pump, filter, and an array of skimmers, drains, and jets. These all work together to keep your water moving, giving you healthy pool water.
- Firstly, water is brought into the circulation system and out of the pool, pulled through skimmers and drains. The skimmers are the holes around the side of the pool, which the water laps over and into, trapping debris.
- After entering the skimmer’s basket, which removes the largest of the debris, the water is pulled to the pump’s filter. This cleans the water of smaller and even microscopic dirt, algae, and other contaminants.
- Finally, the water is returned to the pool through the series of pool jets placed throughout the pool walls. It’s important to have jets to direct the flow of the water.
How You Can Create Better Water Circulation
The system of water circulation is essential for the cleanliness of your water, and there are things you can do to make it perform even better. For example, creating a whirlpool shape with jets allows all the water in your pool to move through the filtration system. Other things you can do to improve water circulation include:
- Pay attention to dead areas
Pool jets that you can angle are helpful both for the whirlpool system and for dead areas, or places that will naturally get less circulation. These places include behind ladders, under skimmers, in corners and crevices, and by the pool steps.
- Keep your pool clean
Another way to clean those dead areas of their contaminants is to brush them clean with a pool brush. Don’t just clean the dead areas: brushing your entire pool at least once a week is a great way to keep algae and debris from building up on the walls.
- Circulate to a schedule
By knowing the size of your pool and the speed of your circulation system, you can determine the turnover rate of all the water in your pool. From there, you can figure out how long your pumps need to work in order for the complete turnover to happen three or four times a day. If that’s more math than you’d like to do, then simply be sure that you run the circulation system eight to ten hours a day, and keep the system clean of build-up.
If your pool needs a system to keep it clean, or your current circulation system needs an overhaul, contact Pools of Fun for expert pool care.