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How To Fix 7 Common Pool Pump Issues

By | Pool Repair

Having a pool pump go bad can be a big pain and inconvenience for a homeowner. The loud noise can bother neighbors and keep you up at night, especially if your pump happens to be located near your bedroom window.  Here are 7 common pool pump issues and how to fix them:

1. The Pool Pump Is Making a Loud Screeching Noise or Sounds Like It’s Full of Rocks

Screeching or gargling noise can be frustrating for pool owners and surrounding neighbors. If your pool pump sounds like it’s running with rocks inside the pump basket, it might be starved for water. This can be attributed to a couple of different things. First, check your suction lines. If too many of them are closed off, the pump will struggle to get water and become noisy. Next, check your skimmers. If they are clogged, remove any debris and re-assemble. If all else fails, your pump could be too powerful for your pool. If this is the case, you’ll want to downgrade to a pump with less power to avoid future problems.

If your pool pump is causing a screeching noise, it could be caused by worn bearings. You can change the bearings out, but many pool owners opt to switch out the older motor for a new one.

2. The Pool Pump Is Leaking Water

In most cases, a leak underneath a pool pump is caused by a pressure-side leak. This is easily combated by inspecting the impeller housing o-ring, shaft seal and replacing any worn, cracked o-rings or seals. Before taking apart your pool pump, we recommend purchasing a go-kit. It is relatively inexpensive and will have all the necessary parts to replace your worn o-rings and seals.

3. The Pool Pump Basket Does Not Fill With Water

If your pump basket does not fill with water, you’ll have to prime the pump. The good new is it’s pretty straight forward, just follow the steps below:

  1. Disconnect any power to the pump and move the diverter valve so that the main drain side is turned to off.
  2. Relieve any existing pressure by turning the air relief valve counter clockwise on your pool filter until the pressure reads zero on the pool filter gauge.
  3. Remove the pump lid and clean any debris from the pump basket, then fill it with water using a garden hose. Once done, replace the pump lid and set the pool return to open on the diverter valve so water can return to the pool.
  4. Turn the power back on and check to see that the water flow has returned to the strainer box.
  5. Wait until the water starts to come out of the relief valve, then close it. After about 1 minute, water should be flowing freely inside the strainer box (top of pump).
  6. If water is not flowing freely in the strainer box, return to step one and repeat.
  7. Switch the diverter valve back to half way between the skimmer and main drain. If the pump is still not primed, check the impeller for debris and filter pressure for anything 10psi above the clean reading for your pool filter.

4. The Pool Pump Is Making a Humming Noise and Will Not Start

If your pool pump will not start and you hear a humming noise, check you impeller for any debris. If debris starts to build, it can block the impeller and disable the pool pump. To check the impeller, turn the power off to the pump and remove the screws in the middle of the pump body. Once the screws have been removed, pull the assembly out of the housing and remove the gasket away from the impeller, remove any debris and re-assemble.

5. The Pool Pump Is Sucking In Air

To operate properly, pool pumps must be air tight. If there is a leak, the pool pump will suck in air and become problematic. The first thing you’ll want to check is the pump lid. If not on properly, the pump will suck in air and the pump will not be able to prime. If that does not solve the problem you’ll want to check where the pipe enters the pump, the valve stem on any of the suction valves, the plumbing on the suction side of the pump (before the impeller), o-rings and gaskets. Look for cracks, leaks, loose or old fittings and replace or repair if needed. If you still can’t find a leak, spray some shaving cream on to the areas listed above. The leak will draw the shaving cream in and leave a dimple.

6. The Pool Pump Motor Is Not Working or Turning Off While Running

If your pump is not starting, you’ll want to check a couple of things. First, check to see if the pump is getting power and check your timer to make sure the pump is on. If the pump is on and you are hearing a humming noise, it could be a bad capacitor. The capacitor is what starts the pump by giving it a jolt of electricity. No jolt, no start. You can replace the capacitor, but it is best done by a professional. The capacitor can still store power so be careful if replacing. If your pump is old, consider replacing the motor instead.

If your pump does turn on, but loses power, it could be overheating. Try running the pump during the night to avoid overheating. If this does not work, check the bottom vents of the motor to make sure there is nothing inhibiting the fan. If the problem persists, you’ll have to replace the pool motor or pool pump.

7. The Flow Rate of the Pool Pump is Low

If the flow rate of the pump has dropped, you will want to make sure there is nothing blocking the flow of the pump or filter. Check your filter gauge first. If you are above 10psi over the clean reading specified by the manufacturer, you’ll want to clean the filter to reduce the pressure and reset the flow back to the pool pump.

Next, check your pump basket and impeller for debris that would be blocking water flow. To remove the impeller, turn the power off to the pump and remove the screws in the middle of the pump body. Once the screws have been removed, pull the assembly out of the housing and remove the gasket away from the impeller, remove any debris and re-assemble.

Replacing pool pumps or worn out motors is just one of our specialties at 1st Call Jupiter Pools. We service Hayward, Pentair, Jandy as well as others. If your pump is having an issue, we’ll be glad to help you get it replaced fast so you can get back to enjoying your pool.  At 1st Call Jupiter Pools we provide pool repair services to Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island and the surrounding areas of South Florida.  Give us a call 561-207-8600 and get an estimate for swimming pool  repair services.

Swimming Pool Lights to Enhance Your Luxury Swimming Pool Experience

By | Pool Lights

The selection of swimming pool lights available today gives homeowners a wide-range of pool lighting design to enhance their luxury swimming pool experience. No longer used solely for functionality and safety, swimming pool lights now offer an unlimited array of decorative pool lighting possibilities to help you create the perfect outdoor tropical oasis for your home.

LED Pool Lights

One of the more popular swimming pool lights options, LED pool lights offer homeowners a more energy efficient lighting option than incandescent pool lights. LED lights are more expensive when it comes to upfront costs. But over the long run, they save money by lowering operational costs.

When it comes to custom lighting design for your pool, LED pool lights create rich, vibrant colors and beautiful light shows underwater. LED lamps cover all colors of the color spectrum are durable and long-lasting. The design options with LED swimming pool lights and their cost-savings benefits make these lights an excellent choice for a new pool or when renovating your swimming pool.

Fiber Optic Pool Lights

Fiber optics have a number of advantages as a light source. When it comes to swimming pool lights, fiber optic pool lights are safe for underwater lighting and the pool lights also do not get hot. Flexibility of design is a big advantage of fiber optic swimming pool lights.

One popular fiber optic pool lighting design is to run side glow fibers along the perimeter of the pool creating an effect that resembles neon lighting. You can also use “end glow”; fiber optic swimming pool lights, which are often shorter and brighter than side glow fibers, for underwater lighting and to create bright spots of light. And if your luxury swimming pool has water features like fountains or waterfalls, lighting designs with fiber optics will illuminate these features with beautiful effects.

Solar Pool Lights

Solar pool lights for pools are the most energy-efficient of the three swimming pool lights mentioned in this blog post. You must consider, however, that these lights will not illuminate as the sun goes down if they do not get enough sunlight during the day. For that reason, solar pool lights are an excellent choice for decorative accents, but not a good choice for your sole option of pool illumination for functionality or safety.

As we mentioned, adding solar lights to accent your custom pool lighting design is an excellent choice for these pool lights. They come in all colors, a wide-range of shapes and can be used both in and out of the pool. Some of the favorite solar swimming pool lights are ones which float in the pool. At night, these floating pool lights will enhance any custom luxury swimming pool lighting design.

Remember, as many of your pool lights will be underwater, it is important to consider your pool lighting design while creating your overall custom swimming pool design. Once you have your swimming pool and pool deck designed, you can always add other swimming pool lights as accents to enhance the ambiance of your backyard oasis.

Want to learn more about your pool lighting options?  At 1st Call Jupiter Pools we provide pool services to Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island and the surrounding areas of South Florida.  Give us a call 561-207-8600 and get an estimate for swimming pool upgrades or pool repair services.

Avoid Expensive Swimming Pool Repairs with Regular Pool Maintenance

By | Pool Service

Many expensive swimming pool repairs can be avoided with regular swimming pool equipment maintenance and also by maintaining a healthy swimming pool environment. Below, we share three pool equipment failures we see more often than others when working with homeowners in Jupiter, Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas of South Florida. Along with the common swimming pool equipment failures, we also share how to prevent expensive swimming pool repairs associated with a few simple steps.

Swimming Pool Pumps

One piece of expensive swimming pool equipment that often must be replaced at the owner’s expense due to avoidable mechanical breakdown is the swimming pool pump. Because the pool pump acts as the circulation system of your inground swimming pool, the first step to maintaining your pool pump is to ensure your concrete swimming pool environment is clean.

Also, to maintain a healthy swimming pool pump, make sure to regularly check and clean the pool filter and also make sure to keep the water in your pool at its recommended level. Following these tips will ensure your pool pump doesn’t have to work harder than necessary. Like all mechanical equipment, you will need to replace pool pump parts over its lifespan, but by following the above precautions, you shouldn’t have to deal with costly swimming pool pump replacement.

Saltwater Swimming Pool Salt Cells

If you have a saltwater pool, then you should make sure to pay attention to your salt cell. Failure to clean the salt cell for your swimming pool can lead to an expensive swimming pool repair or purchasing a new salt cell replacement.

How often you need to clean your salt cell will depend on how diligently you maintain your saltwater pool environment. If you have a well-maintained saltwater swimming pool, then you most likely will need to clean your salt cell every 6 – 12 months. As an added bonus, some newer saltwater pool systems have a self-cleaning feature.

Underwater Pool Lighting Fixtures

Just like in your home, light bulbs burn out and must be replaced. Therefore, replacing the bulbs in your inground concrete swimming pool’s underwater lights is nothing out of the ordinary or expensive. And when you do need to replace bulbs, like many other modern pool equipment options, you should consider spending a little more for energy-efficient LED lighting to save you money on swimming pool costs in the long run.

Other than the less-expensive cost of replacing the bulbs in your underwater lighting, what can get expensive is the cost of replacing swimming pool light fixtures. One step to avoid this expensive swimming pool repair is to maintain proper pH levels in your swimming pool. Doing this help prevent corrosion of your lighting fixtures. And remember, because you are dealing with electricity and water, corroded and failing light fixtures are also a pool safety issue. Because of the danger associated with swimming pool electrical systems, we recommend contacting a professional pool company to assist with these swimming pool repairs.

You can certainly call us at 1st Call Jupiter Pools for services when you need a pool repair or an occasional deep cleaning, but it may be more cost effective to work with a us on a regular basis. We provide pool services to Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island and the surrounding areas of South Florida.  Give us a call 561-207-8600 and get an estimate for ongoing pool service and maintenance.

Why Should I Hire a Pool Service Professional?

By | Pool Service

Why should I hire a pool service professional is one of the questions we get asked quite regularly. 1st Call Jupiter Pools located in Jupiter, Florida provides a quality swimming pool service to our clients and we understand that owning a swimming pool is a big expense and when you add to that the cost of pool maintenance you are adding to the cost. However, many pool owners find that they spend more money if they take on the pool service and maintenance on their own. Also, if you do your own pool maintenance you need to find a place to store the chemicals and cleaning equipment and you also have to invest in all of the cleaning equipment and chemicals up front.

Why should I hire a pool service professional?

Having proper pool chemistry is important to the viability of the pool itself and to keeping the pool water safe for those who swim in it. When you’re a new pool owner, getting the pool chemistry levels “just right” can be frustrating and may lead to your adding chemicals, then needing to add water, then more chemicals –it is a delicate balancing act. Working with a swimming pool service  assures your pool water is clean and bacteria free and that your pool equipment and the pool itself will be safe and healthy and that you can protect your investment.

What will a pool service do for you?

They will perform weekly maintenance including:

  1. Check and balance the pool chemicals
  2. Skim debris
  3. Clean skimmer baskets
  4. Brush the pool walls and floor
  5. Backwash filter when needed
  6. Inspect pool equipment
  7. Make repairs when needed

Working with a pool service means you will have access to a professional who can perform repairs including:

  1. Equipment repair and replacement
  2. Filter and pump pool repairs
  3. Resurfacing the pool
  4. Upgrades and repairs to pool lighting
  5. Heater, motor and plumbing repairs and leak inspection

You can certainly call us at 1st Call Jupiter Pools for services when you need a pool repair or an occasional deep cleaning, but it may be more cost effective to work with a us on a regular basis. We provide pool services to Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island and the surrounding areas of South Florida.  Give us a call 561-207-8600 and get an estimate for ongoing pool service and maintenance.

Testing Your Swimming Pool Water: Answers To Your Common Pool Testing Questions

By | Swimming Pool Water

Testing your swimming pool water regularly is not only important for pool safety, but maintaining an optimum swimming environment will also prevent damage to your custom swimming pool and swimming pool equipment. To help you better understand the importance of testing your swimming pool water, we’ve put together a blog post to address some of the questions related to pool water quality, testing and maintaining a healthy swimming pool.

Swimming Pool Testing Questions

One of the questions we often hear from our customers in Jupiter, Tequesta, Jupiter Island, and the surrounding areas of Florida relates to how often a homeowner should test the swimming pool water. Optimally, one would perform pool water testing each day. Realistically, especially in the long, hot days of summer – testing your swimming pool water two to three days a week will help ensure an optimum swim environment and a long life for your pool.

Customers also often wonder if there are “best practices” for performing tests to measure and maintain swimming pool water chemistry. Testing first thing in the morning – especially if you have been experiencing chlorine issues – is important as chlorine burns off during the day. Also, the water sample you get for testing purposes should come from 12″ – 18″ below the swimming pool surface and run your pool system for around an hour prior to obtaining that sample for more accurate readings.

Testing Your Swimming Pool Water pH

Ask most people about swimming pool water quality and they will mention chlorine. What they don’t often understand is the importance of pH when it comes to maintaining a healthy pool. Low pH will cause damage to swimming pool equipment, damage the pool liner and irritate swimmer’s eyes and mucous membranes. High pH makes swimming pool water cloudy, has a negative effect on chlorine disinfection, causes lime buildup and irritates the skin of swimmers.

What is a healthy pH level for both swimming pool water and swimmers in your custom swimming pool? If you search for testing your swimming pool water for pH, you will get a range (albeit a small range) of answers to that question. A general consensus for the optimal pH of pool water would fall around 7.4 with a healthy range of 7.2 – 7.6.

Now, of course, pH is not the only thing that determines swimming pool water quality, but you can think of it as the foundation. You will also want to test your pool’s chlorine levels, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and cyanuric acid levels as well.

Test Kits for Testing Your Swimming Pool Water

We’ve also heard from our swimming pool customers here in Palm Beach County and Martin County with questions regarding how to test swimming pool water. There are numerous swimming pool testing types available for purchase. Homeowners can choose to manually test pool water with test strips, swimming pool test kits and there is also electronic testing equipment for pools. If you choose to do so, you can also take a water sample to a swimming pool professional for testing.

Just remember, no matter how you do it, testing your swimming pool water is vital to the longevity of your pool, your swimming pool equipment and to the health of those swimming in your pool. Also, keep in mind that maintaining a saltwater pool is different than a chlorine swimming pool. We will cover that topic in another blog post.

Until then, if you have any questions about testing your swimming pool water, maintaining your custom swimming pool or any other pool-related question, do not hesitate to contact us here at 1st Call Jupiter Pools.

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Homeowners Considering a Saltwater Pool? Basic Maintenance For Saltwater Swimming Pool Explained

By | Saltwater Pool

Saltwater swimming pool maintenance is a topic that often comes up when our swimming pool customers in Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island and the surrounding areas of South Florida, Pool owners are weighing the benefits of saltwater swimming pools versus chlorine swimming pools. While most homeowners considering a swimming pool with salt water understand that these pools are gentler on skin and eyes and better for swimmers with allergies than chlorinated swimming pools, they are often unsure on how saltwater pool maintenance stacks up against pools with chlorine.

Saltwater Pools are Not Chlorine-Free Pools

One of the biggest misconceptions about these inground swimming pools is that they are free of chlorine. In reality, salt water swimming pools do have chlorine in the water. The big difference between chlorinated swimming pools and pools with salt water is how that chlorine gets in the water. And this saltwater pool system makes a big difference when it comes to maintaining your swimming pool.

Easy to Maintain But Not Maintenance Free

With today’s chlorine generator technology, saltwater pool maintenance is actually quite simple. It is not, however, maintenance-free. A saltwater swimming pool uses a salt-cell system filled with salt for pool water maintenance. When water passes through a salt cell, electrolysis releases chlorine from the salt and keeps the pool sanitary.

This process of continuous disinfection without the need to handle, store or add chemicals to your swimming pool water is one of the benefits of saltwater swimming pools. By producing the sanitizer in the pool water, your inground pool will continuously kill germs, neutralize contaminants and slow algae growth. While it is not a “set-it and forget-it” pool maintenance system (as you will need to add salt and ensure the saltwater purification system is operating properly), a saltwater pool sanitizing system requires much less effort to maintain water quality than traditional chlorine-based systems.

Saltwater Swimming Pool Maintenance Routine

So, if your swimming pool with salt water will need maintenance, what will your pool maintenance routine look like? Much of what will be required to maintain a healthy swimming environment will depend on a number of variables including: your pool usage, how well your pool system is functioning and other environmental factors.

The basics of keeping your custom saltwater pool functioning properly and the water healthy include the following steps. You will need to monitor salt levels and test your pool water pH level. Much like chlorine swimming pool water, you will need to test chlorine levels, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and cyanuric acid levels. You will also need to keep an eye on your salt water swimming pool filter to ensure it is operating properly. And finally, you must clean the salt cell.

Have any further questions about saltwater swimming pools or any other swimming pool questions? We’re here to help. Contact us with any of your questions  you may have.

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What Amount of Evaporation is Normal in a Florida Swimming Pool?

By | Pool Leaks

A common question among Florida swimming pool owners is, “How much evaporation is normal?” Knowing this will help you determine whether your decreasing pool water level is a result of evaporation or a leak.

An uncovered swimming pool may lose about a quarter-inch of water a day. This is the general average for pool water evaporation. A covered pool will probably lose less on a daily basis if the cover is used at night. Pool water evaporation is minimal in a hot tub spa or pool that is always covered when not in use.

There are other factors that determine pool water evaporation during the Florida summer and winter.

  • Sun and air temperature
  • Humidity
  • Wind velocity
  • Rain and rare hail storms

People travel or move to Florida because the weather is generally mild and pleasantly warm. But this state is in the hurricane belt. The intense humidity and heavy winds that come with tropical storms also affect evaporation.

Stormy Weather

Pools should be tightly covered when a tropical storm is predicted. This protects the pool from debris and prevents excessive evaporation and flooding. Diving boards, waterslides, and other accessories should be removed if possible when the pool is in the projected hurricane path.

High winds can cause higher evaporation in dry weather. Your pool may lose more water to evaporation during windy weather when the humidity drops. Conversely, pool water evaporation may be less during high humidity.

Sun and the Wind

Summer weather in Florida is capricious. It is based on Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico conditions. Drenching rains can be followed by hot, dry weather after a storm system moves through.

Intense sunlight will lead to evaporation. Chlorine and other chemicals will also evaporate. Stabilizers help to prevent excessive chlorine evaporation in hot weather.

A pool that remains uncovered for 24 hours or more will lose a quarter-inch of water during hot, dry weather. Heat rises as the air cools at night. A good cover will hold in the heat and the moisture at night.

Drought conditions in Florida make refilling a pool expensive. A 14’x28′ pool will lose about 60 gallons of water a day due to evaporation. A 20’x40′ pool will lose about 125 gallons to evaporation. This can cost an additional $30 or more per month. This is the time to turn off decorative water features such as circulating waterfalls and fountains. You probably don’t need the heater since heat rises and results in faster evaporation.

Yards with windbreaks such as high fences or hedges may lose less water to evaporation from the wind. But sunlight and warmth will still cause water loss.

Always Look for Leaks

If your pool is losing more than one-quarter inch of water on hot days, check for leaks. Do not blame all of the water loss on evaporation. Check fittings and drains. Look for puddles of water around the pool deck. This is an indication of a plumbing leak.

1st Call Jupiter Pools is your pool is losing more than a quarter-inch a day on average to pool water evaporation. This is a sign that a problem is more serious than just the weather. We will find and repair the leak immediately, often with minimal disruption to the yard or deck. We serve Palm Beach and Martin County Florida.