Running your pool pump is an important maintenance step that you need to pay close attention to. If you don’t run it enough, your pool water may start to look dingy or turn a little green. If you run it too much, your pool will look amazing, but your bank account will be begging for mercy. You need to understand what your pool pump actually does and why it’s important to run it for a specific amount of time. If you get a little confused, you can always talk to our pool professionals. We can help you sort things out.


The main purpose of your pool’s pump is to keep the water moving. When the water stops circulating, you will see algae and other nasty things start to grow in your pool. Your pool pump is the first piece of equipment in the filtration system. Without the pump, the water isn’t guided through the filters and will be left in the pool for you to deal with. To be effective, all of the water in your pool must pass through the filtration system at least once every day. Running your pool pump all the time is unnecessary since it may only take six to eight hours for your pump to do its job.

Chemical Balancing

Most people choose to run their pool pump at night when they add their chemicals. Adding pool shock during the day doesn’t do much good since the hot Texas sun will burn most of it away. Adding pool shock at night when you run your pool pump will make sure it is distributed equally throughout your pool. This ensures that there is no chance for bacteria to build up and cause discolorations or other unhappy circumstances for you to deal with. Aside from running your pool pump, chemical balancing is one of the most important parts of pool maintenance.


Continually running your pool pump can be costly. Not only are you causing your electric bill to go through the roof, but you are also causing additional wear and tear to your pump. Once you know how much you need to run your pump to sufficiently circulate the water, you can find a time to run it when it will be most effective. If you work during the day, you may want to run it then. Running your pool pump during peak hours, however, will cost you more in electricity. Many people choose to run their pool pump in the evening when it is less expensive. It’s also the best time to add your chemicals.

Pool maintenance isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you are having difficulty figuring out the numbers on your own, don’t stress it! It happens to the best of us. Call the professionals at Sparkling Clear Pool Service at your earliest convenience. We can help you figure out the best time to run your pool pump and also how many hours will be sufficient to do the job. Contact us¬†today to get started.