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Winds blow through LA, leaving your pool to deal with the mess…

October 28, 2009
A windy weather day in LA leads to lots of debris in the pool.

A windy weather day in LA leads to lots of debris in the pool.

Living in Los Angeles, we experience some of the more interesting weather and geological patterns on the West Coast.  Anyone trying to get anywhere this week got blown away (and not in a good way) by strong wind gusts zipping across town.  Power lines went down, 1920’s windows rattled, and shrubbery everywhere shook in their roots.

Dramatic, you say? Yeah, a little. Until I peeked at a pool.

This is a seriously unhappy pool filter.

This is a seriously unhappy pool filter.

The popularity of life here makes efficient property useage a big deal. To stake our claim, we often take every inch of our properties and use them in the most creative ways. Many city and valley homeowners add in large hedges for privacy — especially around outdoor living spaces like backyards and pools- (hello, bikini and swim trunk prancing BBQ, anyone?)

Over time, and with good watering, these hedges can add huge property value and privacy, but can have some unknown consequences. Back to the weather. 35 mile per hour winds unexpectedly shaking these hedges can throw off some serious leaves and dust.  This week was no exception. Peering into a lovely backyard with tall ficus hedges, I saw a very unhappy pool and filter – and a lot of potential problems too.

Lovely ficus hedge is the messy culprit.

Lovely ficus hedge is the messy pool filter culprit.

Many people have a pool man that comes to take care of their pool and spas– Pools can be a serious investment.  If not, send your teenager (or husband? dog?) out to do the job.  We all run the risk of expensive equipment repair and service when we don’t also ‘self-police’ the condition of the pool, and request a little TLC when needed– i.e. call your pool guy if you think you need a professional cleaning job, people!

When a pool filter is full of leaves and debris, it can’t properly continue to filter the water- causing the pump to continually run.  It sounds distressed (grumble grumble, cough) and sucks a lot of air through the system.  A sign of a full filter basket in your pool is lots of little air bubbles coming to the surface.

Air bubbles on the surface mean it's time to clean the filter!

Air bubbles on the surface mean it's time to clean the filter!

Needless to say, burning out a pump is NOT a fun home repair expense!

It’s the little things that keep home systems in operating order, and save us all big bucks in major repairs.  Have a question? Email us here and we’ll help.  Oh, and go clean your filter!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2009 11:27 pm

    Yo Laura, what a great writing!

    Pools definitely are big investments on real estate; possibly, as a priority for a homeowner, it does compete with kitchen cabinets, baths… It may not be the must have item, but still it’s a huge plus to have a dandy pool.

  2. October 29, 2009 9:59 am

    Great information, FYI I just came back from Solar International 2009 today, they have some great new products for pool heating that are attractive and innovative. Love to share the info with you for your articles. have some pics too. Also, thanks for the heads up on that twitter virus. Someone is spamming my tweets. I will try to fix. I only tweet on housing, and eco and green stuff. Thanks, David

  3. November 1, 2009 10:35 am

    Laurie, great article! Yes… when we had a pool at our previous home, I’d play this little game named “how much does it cost for us to swim today”. Seriously, between weekly maintenance service, filter cleaning twice a year and any type of issues that can potentially sneak up on you, our pool ended up running us about $1,400 a year plus.

    • November 3, 2009 1:14 am

      Irina: you had a pool at your old place and you never invited me over? What’s up with that? We coulda had some awesome bbq’s and mojitos and well, the works! Ah well, I guess we can still do that (minus the swimming).

      Personally, I want a pool in my home. Let me rephrase that, I’d like a pool in my home. But taking into account standard maintenance costs, well that just frightens me a tad…

      P.S. Laurie, love the new header 🙂


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