Swimming Pool Supplies from Backyard Fun Pools of Lexington
Pool vacuum. The pool vacuum works on the same principle as a carpet vacuum for your home. The pool vacuum uses water suction instead of air to remove dirt and debris from your pool's floor.
Turn on the pool pump and, if so equipped, turn the skimmer or vacuum valve open and the main drain closed.
Remove the skimmer lid and basket. Note: If so equipped, leave basket in place and install the vacuum plate.
Attach the vacuum hose to the vacuum head and attach the vacuum pole to the head.
Sink the vacuum head to the bottom of the pool, then fill the vacuum hose with water by holding the open end of the hose over a return inlet until all the air is removed from the hose.
Insert the open end of the vacuum hose through the skimmer top into the suction outlet. Note: if the pool is equipped with a dedicated vacuum wall fitting, insert the open end or the hose into the fitting.
Vacuum pool slowly from shallow to deep end. Note: Do not vacuum large leaves or debris as it may clog the plumbing lines.
When vacuuming is complete, empty and replace the skimmer basket and re-open the main drain valve.
Check the filter pressure gauge and if required, back wash or clean the pool filter.
Pool Skimmer. Water flows from the pool through the skimmer then into the pump. The pool skimmer is designed to break water surface tension and remove floating debris as it floats by the skimmer opening. The flapper (weir) inside the skimmer throat allows debris to flow into the skimmer then keeps it from drifting back out. Be sure the weir opens and closes freely. If stuck in the closed position, water from the pool cannot flow freely into the skimmer and pump damage may result. Debris is caught in the skimmer basket and should be emoved and emptied as required. Excessive debris can clog the basket resulting in ineffective skimming and or damage to the pump.
Main Drain. Water from the bottom of the pool flows through the main drain to the pump. The term main drain implies a way to remove the pool water, however its primary purpose is to circulate deep water, not drain the pool.
Return Inlets. The adjustable return inlets return filtered water back to the pool. Adjust one return inlet down and to the left of center. Adjust the other slightly up and left of center. This allows both deep and shallow water circulation along with clockwise water rotation.
Pump and Motor. The pump and motor pull water from the main drain and or the skimmer, then pushes the water through the filter and, if so equipped, through the heater, brominator or chlorinator then back to the pool return inlets. If allowed to run dry, the pump and adjacent piping can be damaged.
Strainer (next to pump). The lint and hair strainer basket collects lint, hair, etc., and prevents it from entering the pump and filter. Clean as required. Before removing lid to strainer basket, be sure to turn motor to pump OFF. After strainer lid is re-secured, turn pump on, and open air relief valve on top of filter. Silicone based grease or aqua lube on the O-ring in the lid will assure you of a better seal. Sandy dirt collected in the bottom of the strainer housing can be washed out by removing the 1/4 inch plug at the bottom of the strainer housing and flushing with a hose.
Time Clock. The time clock turns the pump motor on and off at adjustable pre-determined times. For best results the time clock should run the pump 6 to 8 hours when water is at swimming temperature and 3 to 5 hours at lower temperatures. It is best to set the time clock to cycle on and off twice in a 24 hour period to better balance circulation, filtration and sanitizer disbursement.
Light. Consult your dealer for bulb replacement and instructions.
Filter. Your pool filter is designed to mechanically clean your pool water by trapping tiny particles inside. The cleaner the water, the less sanitizer and water chemistry adjustments will be required. Your San Juan Dealer will advise you regarding care and maintenance of the filter system for your pool.
Filter Pressure Gauge. The pressure gauge located on top of the filter tells you the condition of your filter and circulating system. With the filter clean and the suction and return valves open, check and note the gauge reading. When the gauge rises 10 pounds above this starting pressure, it is time to clean or backwash the filter. If the gauge falls below the starting pressure, check the skimmer and hair and lint strainer for debris. If the reading remains low, check for an air leak at the hair and lint strainer lid. If low pressure persists, check for cracked or broken piping on the inlet side of the pump.
Follow manufacturer's and dealer instructions for operation and maintenance for other pool equipment and accessories.