When is the last time you gave any thought to your pool pressure gauges? Chanecs are, you can’t remember and the reason for that is if you work with a swimming pool service contractor from Hiel Pool Service in Rancho Bernardo. California they pay attention to the pool gauges on your behalf. Understanding pool pressure gauges is, however, something you may want to ask us about and we can explain how you can tell if there is an issue with the gauges which may warrant a phone call to us.

Undersanding the pool filter pressure gauge, what the reading should be and what to do if the reading isn’t right can potentially save you time and money. Your pool filter will be equipped with a pressure gauge that will measure the amount of pressure inside the filter. If you understand the readings and the levels you can help keep your pool equipment safe and operational between service visits.

Pool Basics: Understanding Pool Pressure Gauges

Ask us to write the correct pressure gauge right on the filter so you can check that reading against what is on the pressure gauge. Fluctuations are normal, but you need to give us a call if the pressure is too high or too low as this can impact the cleanliness of the water. Get in the habit of checking the pressure gauge weekly, between service visits.

The gauge is typically on the top of the filter, is round and has a numbered face. The numbers on the dial represent the force of water flowing through the filter system in poinds per square inch (PSI). Knowing the normal PSI will help you notice if the numbers are getting out of whack — 10 degrees high or low indicates a potential issue.

If the pressure reading is too high the filter needs to be cleaned. If the filter pressure is too low, it usually means that something is clogging the water intake into the filter.  A higher than normal reading means the filter is working harder than it should be and that could be because the filter is dirty and is have difficulty cleaning the water or there could be an issue with the pump valves.

Ask us for a quick lesson on proper pressure so you can be an informed pool owner.