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Pool Equipment to Inspect Ahead of Swim Season

pool equipment to inspect ahead of pool season

As the weather warms up and swim season approaches, it’s important to inspect pool equipment to ensure it’s functioning properly. This not only promotes a safe swimming environment but also saves money in the long run by catching potential issues before they become major problems. Pool owners can help ensure a safe and enjoyable swimming environment by checking in on these essential items.


Pool Pump

The pool pump is the heart of a pool’s circulation system, and it’s crucial to make sure it’s working properly. A malfunctioning pump can lead to poor water circulation, which causes algae growth, chemical imbalances, and other issues. 


Inspecting a Pool Pump

  • Turn off the pump from the breaker.
  • Release the pressure in the filter using the pressure relief valve on the top of the filter. 
  • Remove the pump lid or cover to inspect the pump basket and remove any debris or leaves that may have accumulated.
  • Check the impeller, which is the rotating component of the pump that generates water flow, for any signs of wear or damage.
  • Inspect the pump motor for any loose connections, rust, or other damage.
  • Check the pump’s seals and gaskets for leaks or cracks, and replace them, if necessary
  • Inspect the pump’s housing for any cracks or signs of wear.

      *Steps may vary depending on how your equipment is set up. 


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Pool Filter

The pool’s filter removes dirt, debris, and other particles from the water to keep it clean and clear. There are three main types of pool filters: sand, cartridge, and DE (diatomaceous earth). Each type requires different maintenance, but all should be inspected ahead of swim season. 


Sand Filters 

The sand inside the filter should be inspected for signs of channeling or clogging and replaced if necessary. The filter itself should be checked for any signs of damage or cracks, and the O-ring or gasket should be inspected and replaced, if necessary. The valves leading to and from the filter should be checked.  

Cartridge Filters

The cartridge should be removed and inspected for any signs of wear or damage, such as cracks or tears. Look for any tears or rips in the pleats, as well as any cracks or other damage to the filter structure. The filter housing should be inspected for any cracks or damage, and the O-ring or gasket should be checked and replaced, if necessary. The valves leading to and from the filter should be checked. If damaged, the cartridge should be replaced.  


DE Filters

The filter grids should be removed and inspected for any tears or damage. If necessary, the grids should be replaced. The filter housing should be inspected for any cracks or damage, and the O-ring or gasket should be checked and replaced if necessary. The valves leading to and from the filter should be checked.  



If the filter or grids need replacing, it’s best to begin the season with a high-quality product. FILBUR™ Pool and Spa Filtration has long been setting the standard for excellence in filter production. Their rigorous testing procedures guarantee top-of-the-line filters and DE grids that ensure pristine water quality for pools and spas across America – cementing their reputation as a leader in the industry.

Pool Heater

For pool owners who have a heat pump or gas pool heater, it’s important to inspect it before swim season to ensure it’s working properly. Start by inspecting the heater housing for any visible damage or leaks. Turn on the heater and monitor the temperature rise to ensure it’s heating the water to the desired temperature. If the heater is taking longer than usual to heat the water or isn’t reaching the desired temperature, it may need to be serviced.


It’s important to note that swimming pool heat pumps are generally more durable than gas-powered pool heaters because they have fewer moving parts and are less prone to corrosion. Heat pumps use a sealed refrigerant system that doesn’t require constant maintenance or replacement, which can reduce the long-term cost of ownership. Additionally, heat pumps don’t burn anything to produce heat, which means they don’t experience the same level of thermal stress that can cause wear and tear on the unit. 

Gas-powered pool heaters have a shorter lifespan and require more maintenance, as the combustion process causes rust and corrosion. Overall, swimming pool heat pumps offer a more durable and cost-effective option for heating a swimming pool compared to gas-powered pool heaters. AquaComfort heat pumps are the top of the line, offering 30 to 40 percent more heat than most other heat pumps on the market.

Pool Cleaner










A pool cleaner is an automated device that helps remove dirt and debris from the pool. Inspect the pool cleaner to ensure it’s functioning properly and not getting stuck or tangled. Check the hoses for cracks or other damage and replace, if necessary. Those who have a robotic pool cleaner, should also inspect the brushes for wear and tear and clean them to ensure they are functioning properly. Some pool and spa retail locations offer free inspection on pool cleaners, just make sure you call ahead to see what the wait time is like. 


Pool Cover

Pool owners who have a pool cover, need to inspect it for any damage or wear and check to ensure it fits properly over the entire pool. A damaged or ill-fitting pool cover can lead to debris entering the pool, which then leads to filtration issues and chemical imbalances.


Pool Chemicals

Maintaining proper chemical levels is crucial for a safe and enjoyable swimming experience. Before swim season, pool owners need to test the pool water to ensure the chemical levels are within the appropriate range. If the levels are off, they need to be adjusted accordingly. 

It’s a good idea to have enough chemicals on hand for the upcoming swim season. Also, ensuring that the chemicals are top-quality helps to avoid water issues throughout the busy swim season.



Solenis is the industry leader for superior pool and spa maintenance products, providing top-tier brands such as GLB®, AppliedBiochemists™, and Leisure Time™ to customers across the globe. These products deliver exceptional results that enhance swimming experiences.

Pool Deck

The pool deck is often overlooked when inspecting pool equipment, but it’s an important part of maintaining a safe swimming environment. Inspect the deck for any cracks or damage, which can be a tripping hazard and make repairs, if needed. Make sure any furniture or equipment on the deck is properly secured and not in danger of falling into the pool.

Inspecting pool equipment before swim season is an important step in ensuring a safe and enjoyable swimming experience. Doing so allows pool owners to catch potential issues before they become major problems. Proper pool maintenance not only ensures a safe swimming environment but also saves money in the long run by preventing costly repairs.


Water Testing

Finally, TEST THE WATER! Just because the water is clear and looks clean, doesn’t mean the water is balanced properly or safe to go swimming in. Testing pool chemicals tells you what your pool needs. It helps you avoid over-treating it. Balancing the water’s chemicals helps make sure your pool equipment stays in great shape. Keeping pool chemicals at ideal levels also prevents problems like cloudy water, bacteria buildup, and surface damage. 

Utilizing AquaChek’s Select Connect test strips and app is a quick, easy, and reliable way to check the balance of your pool or spa. This kit includes a helpful quick care guide for your pool and spa and test 7 different parameters in less than 60 seconds. With the Select Connects FREE app, you can take the readings directly with your smart phone, ensuring the most accurate test strip available.  

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