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What to do About Air Bubbles in Your Pool

This is a common problem, especially upon opening your pool first thing in the season…

What to do About Air Bubbles in Your Pool – If you’ve been noticing air bubbles coming out of the return jets in your swimming pool, don’t worry – this is a common problem, especially upon opening your pool first thing in the season. This is caused by air originating from the suction side of your swimming pool — before the water enters the filter. Fortunately, there is a quick fix for this problem. Follow these tips:

  1. Check the water level. If your pool is lacking in water, your skimmer could be sucking in air. The water level in your pool should be at the middle of the skimmer’s opening. If it’s lower, you need to add water.
  2. Inspect the skimmer basket. Is it damaged in any way? Is it sitting flush so that a good amount of suction is occurring?
  3. Check out the weir. This is the skimmer flap or door in front of your skimmer. It could be jammed. This is a crucial part of your skimmer because it acts as a bodyguard for the rest of the system, ensuring no debris gets into the pool. In addition to that, its job is also to regulate water flow. If it’s not freely moving back and forth, find out what’s obstructing it or repair the hinges of the flap.
  4. See if the pump lid is cracked. If so, this could be the source of your problem.
  5. If it’s not cracked, check the condition of the lid’s o-ring. Does it have any cracks? Squeeze it in between your fingers and you will know right away if it’s brittle, dry rotted or split. If so, replace it.
  6. Look at the pump basket to check for Fix it or replace it, and keep it clean on a regular basis. Make sure it’s seated properly for a good seal.
  7. Check that the drain plugs are not leaking or loose. Want a tighter seal? Add some plumbers’ tape.
  8. Check out the unions, which are the threaded connectors between piping, common in inground pools. In the union there is another o-ring that should be inspected for damage. If not, make sure it’s in place the right way, fitting into the grooves seamlessly. If it’s askew, it won’t create a good seal and thus air will get into the system.

If the above tips don’t get rid of the bubbles in your pool, don’t worry. You have the professionals of Central Jersey Pools on your side. Our team would be happy to come out and troubleshoot the problem. Give us a call at 732-462-5005. We provide full-service maintenance on everything from pool pumps to filters and everything in between.

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