Contrary to what many people think, air bubbles are not normal in swimming pools. In fact, air bubbles in your pool may be a sign that there is something wrong with your pool’s mechanisms. For instance, it may mean that your pump isn’t only pumping water, but also pumping air through the pipes too. Also, when left unaddressed, these may lead to bigger problems like poor water filtration or ruptures the tank or clamp. That said, whenever you notice air bubbles in your pool, it would be best to have it checked and repaired by an inground pool repair professional.
But why do air leaks in the pool happen in the first place? Below are some of the most common reasons.
Loose Drain Plugs in the Pool Pump
Loose drain plugs in the pool pump is one of the most common causes of air leaks in swimming pools. More often than not, this is caused by a worn out or dry-rotten O-rings. Most pool pumps nowadays use an O-ring, and these rings only generally last for a few years. If your pump does not use an O-ring, check and see if the Teflon wrap is still intact. If not, apply new Teflon tape on the threads (be sure to remove the old Teflon tape first).
Objects Stuck in the Skimmer
Plenty of things can be found stuck in the skimmer – from dried leave to children’s pool toys and more. Fortunately, this problem isn’t always that difficult to solve. Also, to prevent the same problem from happening again in the future, be sure to clean the pool from any twigs, leaves, or other debris that may have fallen into the pool water. Also, remind the children to avoid leaving their toys in the pool after swimming.
Pump Lid Is not Tightened Enough
Another common problem that causes air leaks are loos pump lids. Thus, make sure that you really tighten the pump lids after opening or removing the lid. Threaded pump lids usually have a notched top allowing you to use a screwdriver for tightening and removal. For clamp style pumps, simply tighten the clamp until it creaks and groans. Also, check the O-ring for a good fit, and replace if it has dry-rot cracks in it.
These are just some of the many causes of air leaks in inground swimming pools. If you’re not sure which problem is causing the air leak in your pool or are in need of service like pool resurfacing or swimming pool renovations in Sydney, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can call us up at 02 9729 1108 or leave a message in our contact page.