Designing a pool for an unusually shaped block

Designing a pool for an unusually shaped block

3 Sure Signs That Your Pool Pump Needs Replacing

Chad Howell

When renovating your pool, the first thing to check is whether the pump is in good order or whether it needs repair or replacement. A reliable pool pump is essential if your pool is to stay safe and clean for your family and friends to enjoy.

Here are three sure signs that your pool pump is past its sell-by date.

  1. Jammed, rusty motor If you try to start you pool pump without success, the most likely cause is that the motor is rusty. Rust can quickly develop on pumps that are non-operational for prolonged periods of time, causing the moving parts of the motor to stick. You may be able to free the motor by carefully twisting it backwards and forwards with a spanner. If this doesn't work, replacement looks like your best option.  
  2. Noisy pump If your pump vibrates when running, it could be that one of the parts inside the pump is out of alignment, leaving the impeller clattering against the pump housing. Alternatively, there may be something preventing water from moving through the pump so the impeller spins faster than it should. If the pump squeals or whines, it often indicates that there is a problem with the motor with worn bearings being the prime suspect. It may be possible to have the pump repaired if the damage is minor.  
  3. Leaks If the pump is old, the rubber seals inside it can deteriorate over time, causing the pump to leak water. Other causes could be cracked or damaged pipework. Both these faults can be easily fixed, although if water has entered the motor, corrosion may have damaged the moving parts and the whole pump may need replacement. Don't run a leaking pump; water may come into contact with an electrical source, presenting a danger of electric shock.

When carrying out pool renovation work, it's essential that you have a fully functioning pump before you attempt to open your pool. If your pump has not been used for a long time, you may find that it presents one of the problems outlined above.

Although it may be possible to have the pump repaired by a qualified pool equipment repair contractor, you might be better cutting your losses and replacing the pump altogether with a brand new one. For more advice and guidance on the best course of action, have a chat with the helpful experts at your local pool supplies company.


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Designing a pool for an unusually shaped block

It used to be relatively easy to design pools for blocks, as you'd just look at the backyard and figure up which rectangular or kidney shaped pool could fit in the yard. With all sorts of new block shapes occurring when people subdivide old blocks, it can be more challenging to fit a traditional pool into a yard. However, some innovative pool designers and homeowners have come up with great pools that fit on unusually shaped blocks and make the most of limited space. This blog highlights some of the pools I have seen online and in real life that have impressed me with great design. I hope you like it.

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