ANATOMY OF YOUR POOL SYSTEM – SPECIALITY PARTS

WHAT MAKES YOUR POOL SO SPECIAL?

While every pool has a pump and filter, there are some additional items that you can install within your filtration system to maximize your pool usage and operation. Generally, these items are not considered standard, but rather specialty. Which type of specialty items you may have been either decided upon by pool owner preference, builder’s choice, or service company recommended to improve your pool operation. These items are not required to make your pool operate, but they are sure are nice to have!

FEELING HOT?

Heaters are not on every pool. Depending upon where you reside, a heater may even be considered a waste of money. Heaters can be electric, natural gas, propane, or solar. You can even consider a heat pump based upon where you live. All these heat sources simply heat the pool water to make it an enjoyable temperature for you. What that temperature is, is up to you and your wallet! Heating pools can be rather pricey, so you may want to pick and choose when and how often you heat the water. The nice thing about heaters through is that they can extend your swim season!

I WAS NEVER GOOD AT CHEMISTRY

In order for pool water to be safe to swim in, it needs to be chemically treated and balanced. Of course, this can be manually done, but it is much safer, easier, and better for the pool operation if it is continuously treated with some chemical feed sanitation system. For primary means, a residential pool usually has either a chlorinator or salt chlorine generation system. With the chlorinator, the chlorine is manually added into the unit and erodes or dissolves over time controlled by a dial. A salt chlorine generation system produces chlorine on-site and uses salt to do so. There are also supplemental systems such as ozone and mineral ionizations systems that can aid with disinfection and sanitation.

NATURE ABHORS A VACUUM….

But pools love them! In order to remove debris that settles to the bottom, the pool needs to be vacuumed. This can be done in the most basic of ways by attaching a hose to your skimmer and manually vacuuming the pool with a pole and vacuum head. (Did you know that there are different vacuum heads depending on your pool surface?) However, there are some fancy vacuum alternatives in the form of automatics or robots. With the technological advances nowadays, these vacuums can have special features including timers, remotes, and smart features like calculating optimal pool cleaning times and keen navigation of your surface. It seems the options are endless with the newest ones on the market.

WHAT A POOL WANTS

Adding any of these specialty items to your pool will surely enhance your pool experience. They can help to maintain a clean, clear, safe pool and extend the pool season for you. Both of which we highly recommend.

*This information is obtained from the Certified Pool and Spa Operator Handbook. This information may not be applicable to your pool based on your pool type and location. One should reference all applicable regulations and standards for your facility.

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