Deb's Easy Pool Hose Tips
It's July! By now, summer is in full swing and your family has been enjoying your swimming pool for a few months! With this comes pool hose issues. The team at Waters Choice has come up with a list of pool hose troubleshooting tips. They are as follows:
Reduced Vacuum Suction
By chance have you noticed that your vacuum has suddenly lost a portion of it's suction? This is generally a sign of a blockage in the debris basket or a loose hose-to-suction port connection. (Ah HAH!)
Follow this quick checklist to discover whether suction strength has dropped:
- Pump and skimmer basket are the first line of defense for trapping debris so they can fill quickly and block suction.
- Check your filters pressure. Have you cleaned it recently? Notebly, if the current PSI is 8-10 PSI above your filter's "clean" pressure reading make sure to backwash or clean the cartidges.
- Check hose suction port connections. What we mean, is the hose cuff that connects to your dedicated suction line or skimmer. This can easily become worn and warped with age. Above all, replace the hose cuff if necessary.
- Lastly, check pool plumbing lines for obstructions.
Is Your Pump Losing Prime or Pressure?
Does your pool pump lose it's prime after you connect your vacuum hose? If so, your hose may have pinhole air leaks. These tiny holes caused by general wear and tear can lead to your pump pulling in more air than water.
Prime is lost when air replaces water in your plumbing resulting in your pump being in danger of running dry. Believe it or not, a pump running dry for as little as a couple of minutes can create enough heat to melt internal parts. This can be costly!
Steps to Finding Pinhole Air Leaks in Your Vacuum Hose
- Disconnect the hose from the vacuum head. Take note that if the hose is in secions makde sure to disconnect the hose sections and test each individually.
- Use duct tape to cap off the end of a hose secion. Make sure the hose is relatitely air-tight and do this for each section.
- Check hoses for air leaks by holding the hose at each end and completely submerging it in the pool water. Before long, you'll see air bubbles forming around the hose body and your mystery is solved.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each hose section.
- Replace damaged hose sections by heading to your local pool professional, store or jumping online.
Annoying Pool Hose Tangles
We all have bad habits, right? It sounds crazy but so does your pool hose! If your hose is frequently tangling, it could be a sign of "bad hose memory". This memory sets in over time when a hose is repeatedly used or rolled up then stored the same way. The hose will curve naturally in the same direction when in use, leading it to double back on itself and then tangle. (Believe us, we've seen this)
Here are a few easy steps to reset this problem:
- Disconnect your vacuum hose and lay it on flat ground. We'd prefer cement of a surface that hold heat. If your hose is in sections then disconnect them and lay them side by side.
- Set the hose in direct sunlight to warm up and thereby, resetting it's "memory". Next, allow the hose the lay in the direct sunlight for 2 to 3 days. Then to ensure the hsoe memory is reset evently, turn over the hose on the second day and the third day if necessary.
- Test your hose by collecting it, reconnecting it to your vacuum and testing it out.
- If the hose is still tangling, you can repeat steps 1 and 2. If the second reset doesn't fix the issue, it could be time to replace your vacuum hose.
In the event that you have additional vacuum hose tips for us send us an email or give us a call. We appreciate hearing from our loyal clientele and enjoy visiting with you!
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