The Basics Of Pool Filtration Equipment

by Pool Builders on 08-29-2010 in Articles

Unsurprisingly, the part of a swimming pool that causes homeowners the most frustration and headaches is the pump/filter arrangement.

There's no such thing as a pool that doesn't need or have a pump and a filter. People swim in pools; stuff falls into them from trees and blows into them on the wind. So pools need filters to keep them clean, and they need pumps to circulate the water through those filters.

Filters come in three varieties: Sand filters, cartridge filters, and diatomaceous earth, or DE, filters. Each variety has its own set of benefits and drawbacks; and the choice you make will depend on your individual needs. It's also important to note that filters come in different sizes and sub-varieties, so if you're buying one for the first time, be sure you're getting the right one.

On the other hand, there's really only one type of pump: The kind that runs water through your pool's filter. But pumps have a broad spectrum of varying elements, like energy efficiency rating, horsepower, and head pressure. But when your pump is installed properly, it keeps your filter running smoothly and your pool clean. You'll also need a timer for the pump, so it can turn on and off by itself. This is very important, since forgetting to turn the pump on can result in chemical imbalances in your pool.

To figure out what kind of pump and filter are right for you, you must consider a variety of factors, like the pool size, the size and number of plumbing lines going to the pool, the number of people using it, and the frequency with which they'll use it. If you're having a pool installed for the first time, you'll need to talk to your construction contractor about these things. If you've bought a new home with a pool in it, you may want to take a hard look at whether the pool's systems are operating as well as they could be.

But your filter won't be the only thing keeping your pool clean. Responsible pool ownership also means maintaining the chemical levels of your pool. That means keeping chlorine, pH, and water hardness at acceptable levels at all times. Your pump will help in this endeavor by circulating the chemicals throughout the pool.

If all of this seems like a lot to keep track of, don't worry. Many pool owners hire a pool service provider to keep their pools running smoothly and full of clean, healthy water. Check your local listings for a good contractor; many offer reasonable prices for repeat customers.

But take your pump and filter very seriously: They're what keeps your pool water healthy and swimmable.

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