We all love the way our swimming pools look when they are clear and blue. The pool pumps work to keep them that way. It is therefore imperative that we have an understating of them and how they work, because you never know when you may have to do some maintenance on your pool system. Knowing about how your pool pumps work is also key if you are hiring a contractor and you suspect that they are not doing the correct thing for your pump system. There is of course a lot more to pool care than just making sure that your pump is in working order, but one of the most important elements is making sure that it is well maintained. If you need a clear blue pool that will be the envy of all of your neighbours, you need to make sure that you keep the water at a certain level of acidity. You can do this by putting chlorine in the pool once a day and putting hydrochloric acid in the pool at least once a week. This will ensure that you will not have to deal with algae or any other types of creatures who will contaminate your pool. But, of course, the one thing that will keep that clean water circulating through your pool is the pump and filtration system.
How does a pump system work?
At the heart of the pool system is the pump. Typically it consists of an electric motor that spins and impeller inside the pump housing. The impeller drives the water from the various drains through the filter and back out to the water inlets. Just before it flows into the pump, the water passes through a metal strainer basket that catches leaves and other large debris that might clog up the pump. It is imperative that you check your strainer basket every three days during the autumn season, because this is when there is more natural debris in your pool. After this, the water flows straight into the filter, as it is now debris free. The filters are generally sand filters that conduct the filtration process. When the water is filtered it is sent through the water distribution head and pulled downward into the sand and filtered back into the pool as clean, new water. This process is imperative, because this helps the chlorinated water to flow through all the systems, meaning that they all get cleaned as well, by the chemicals in the water. This system is also generally connected to a municipal water source, just so that if need be, fresh water can be added. This is always necessary since there is a lot of extra splash out that happens while people are swimming and somehow this water needs to be replenished without you doing it yourself every day.
The entire filtration and pump system is made out of PVC piping, because this type of piping is one of the types that never rots, experiences mould, and is completely impermeable to the outside world, meaning that no oxygen can get into the pipe system and enable mould to grow there. PVC is also the most durable piping around, meaning that it can withstand super high pressure, which is of course very necessary in the case of pumping a lot of water at a very high velocity.
When you are looking for a good pump system, you should be aware that you have to make sure that everything is working all the time. This is why you need top quality PVC piping in your pool system.
So, if all of this has left you looking for a pool specialist, you should come to us here at Pool Spa and Filtration. We are the leaders when it comes to everything pool and fountain related. If your water feature is looking a bit outdated, or you need a new piping system, we are the people to call. We specialise in installing, fixing and maintaining pool and spa systems. Our service is top notch, so give us a call today.