Why Are There Air Bubbles in My Pool ?

You are seated on your patio taking in your dream backyard. Your garden looks lovely, your landscape breathtaking and your pool simply awesome. Wait a minute, something’s wrong.  Where are those air bubbles coming from? They weren’t part of the design, you’re sure about that. Why are they there?  Well, to identify the source, it’s important to know how your pool works. Then, we can troubleshoot effectively.

First off,  it’s a pretty common problem. It isn’t out of place to find a few bubbles in your pool. But when it’s noisy and overly bubbly, then it’s a problem. To help you identify the problem, we’ll answer some questions you may have.

How Does My Pool System Work?

There are skimmers by the pool walls and drains on the pool floor. The pump draws water from the pool through these channels. On getting the pump , the water goes through a strainer where major debris is filtered out before getting into the pump. Once in the pump, the impeller moves the water to the filter. Here, the water is rid of smaller debris, dirt and in some cases bacteria. If you have a heater or chiller installed, the water flows through this to the salt chlorine generator. The last channel this filtered water goes through is the return jets where it flows into the pool.

This process is pretty basic, right? So where could the problem lie?

Why Are There Bubbles in My Pool?

Water Bubbles Under the Sea

The presence of air bubbles means at some point in the water channel, air was sucked in. One of the following conditions could be blamed :

  1. The lid of the strainer isn’t shut tight: If the lid isn’t shut tight, air will be sucked into the pump. It’s also important to check if the O-ring is placed correctly. You can check this yourself. Simply turn off the pump and get the strainer lid open. Check to see how well placed the O-ring is. Make sure there’s no dirt compromising its position. If there is clean it and shut the strainer lid.
  2. The water level in the pool: There is an appropriate water level for a skinner in a pool. It is halfway to three quarters up the skimmer. It’s important to maintain water at this level to prevent the suction of air into the pump system.
  3. The union fitting: Most times the problem lies here. Turn off the pump to check this. After loosening the nut, check for the O-ring. Most times the O-ring isn’t properly fitted there letting air into the channel. So check to make sure there’s no debris or dirt compromising the position of the O-ring. If there is remove the dirt and place the ring correctly.

You may try all these and you still notice the churning bubbles. Do not fret. The problem is just best handled by professionals. Pool Daddy is glad to help you fix the problem. We don’t want you looking at your pool and cringing. With our qualified professionals, we can take care of any problem your pool develops and we’re glad to teach you some tips on how to avoid some pool issues. We are just one call away.