If you find yourself in a situation where your pump fails, and it’s impossible to get a pump delivered quickly, what do you do? Even if you try to call a pool company, you will need to book an appointment which can probably take weeks, especially during the holidays. While you wait for your pump to come in two or three days later, you can still use your pool without waiting so long.
There are easy ways to maintain your pool and keep it clean so it doesn’t disrupt your planned pool party or relaxation. We will show you how to get your pool water clean and comfortable again before your pump gets delivered.
5 Ways to Clean Your Pool without a Pump
In this section, we will discuss 5 simple ways to clean your pool without using a pump.
1. Remove Debris
Sometimes debris can pile up at the bottom of your pool from a storm or any other reason. When debris piles up, it will make your pool surfaces stain. The best solution will be to clean the debris using a skimmer, brush or pool vacuum. You can vacuum the pool without a pump or give your pool a good brushing. You can brush your pool once or twice a day to help with the water circulation.
Removing the debris will help you keep your pool clean to reduce the presence of bacteria and algae in your pool water. You can use a skimmer basket if you have one to remove the leaves and other debris in the water.
2. Floc Your Pool
Floc your pool, and with a manual vacuum, you can clean your pool. The flocculent will help sink the particles, so you can easily use a vacuum to remove them. There are robotic cleaners that also help filter the debris in the water, which will help with the pool water circulation. You need to clean your pool regularly, especially if you don’t have a functioning pump.
There is usually a concentration of substances that chemicals can’t easily remove. These microscopic substances usually make the water cloudy, but they can clog together and sink to the bottom of the pool using flocculants. This way, it will be easy to get out the substances, and your pool water will be clear.
3. Shock Pool
You can keep your pool water clean by sanitizing it with chlorine. It is safe and would make it healthy to use your pool. However, you need to know how to apply chlorine in your pool to avoid adding an excess of it. Over-chlorinated pool water will cause discomfort when swimming. If your pump is not functioning, you can work on balancing the chemicals in your pool. You can balance the chlorine levels and alkaline levels to make your pool safe to use.
The recommended application of chlorine is to pour 1 to 3ppm when you don’t have a pump filter. You should maintain a chlorine level of 3 to 4ppm so that bacteria, algae, debris and other pool issues don’t surface. This is one of the best ways to keep your pool functioning, especially if you don’t have a pump to help move the water. Chlorine is a fast-dissolving chemical that will easily spread around the pool to help purify it.
Shocking the pool by raising the chlorine levels will help kill bacteria in the water. Since you don’t have a running pump, you will need to manually stir the pool to prevent the chlorine from concentrating in one part of the pool.
4. Checking the water Levels
It is important to check the water levels of your pool and ensure that it does not fall below the recommended level. If the water level reduces, you can use a hose attached to your tap water to fill your pool to the normal level. If you overfill your pool water, you will need to get a submersible pump to drain the excess water. The pool water level should always be at the right level for it to be safe to use.
5. Agitate and Circulate
One of the reasons why pool water develops algae, scum or other particles is because it is stagnant. When the water flows, it won’t give room for growths or microorganisms to survive. That is why you will hardly find algae in rivers because the water flows constantly. If you are thinking of how to circulate water without a pump, you need to keep your pool clean. Suppose you have a robotic pool cleaner or a submersible pump, it can help to circulate the water. Cleaning your pool regularly will help move the water and allow circulation so your pool doesn’t become a breeding ground for bacteria or algae. It would also help to balance the chemical levels and also floss the pool water to ensure proper circulation. It is uncomfortable and unhealthy to swim in a pool that hasn’t been filtered or cleaned.
You can still use your pool when you have a faulty pump, or for some reason, your pump fails to work. You will need to scrub it clean, remove the debris and other particles in the pool. Although you can follow these steps to keep your pool water circulating for a few days, it does not replace the work of a pump. It can be tiresome scrubbing and brushing your pool every day, and it is not something you want to spend your entire summer doing. We recommend you get your pump fixed or replaced by a professional if it gets faulty, so you can continue to enjoy swimming in your pool without giving yourself a lot of work.