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Step 3 Filtration and Pumping This means ensuring that your pool pump is pumping sufficient water through the swimming pool filter to enable the filter to filter out the majority of suspended particles. In other words it is cleaning the water. Your pool pump should be able to filter or turn over the total volume of your pool water every day. Turning off your filtration to save power consumption is false economy. As most of us are familiar with filters for our drinking water, filtering your pool water, in theory is exactly the same. The exception is that the pool filter is much larger than the small filter we have for our drinking water. It has to work much harder as well. This is because the pool water is exposed to outside elements, whereas drinking water is not. On a daily basis airborne particles, leaves and other pollutants are carried into your pool water, not to mention pollutants introduced from swimmers, body oils, sunscreens, urine and so on. The rule of thumb is that your pump and filter should operate for eight hours a day. Four hours in the morning and four hours in the evening. This can be lowered in the winter months. Turning off your pump and filter or salt chlorinator is the same as turning your washing machine off half way through a cycle and expecting your clothes to come out clean! Your pool is equipped with a skimmer basket which catches large particles like leaves before they can enter your pump and clog it up. You must empty this on a regular basis. Your pump has a pump basket. This is designed to catch any large particles that have escaped the skimmer basket and prevents them from being sucked into your pump. You must also check this on a regular basis. BE SURE YOUR PUMP AND FILTER ARE NOT OPERATING WHEN YOU CLEAN YOUR BASKETS. 24

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