Feb 22, 2023
Your Guide to Swimming Pool Equipment
When it comes to your swimming pool, having the right equipment is your one and only hope of keeping your pool in perfect shape. While some of this equipment is essential and some you can take or leave, they all play a role in helping you stay on top of maintenance and enjoy your pool the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.
While talking about pool equipment might not be the most exciting topic, it’s important that you have all the necessary pieces to keep your pool sparkling clean. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular pool accessories and the role they play in pool maintenance.
There are many kinds of filtration systems designed to remove solid matter from your pool, and a media filter is one of the most popular. Media filters are circular-shaped tanks that work by having water from your pool pumped into them, which both traps microscopic particles and allows water to travel through them and go back to the pool.
As the media filter continues to clean your pool, the debris particles will build up and eventually start to block water from travelling through freely. With this in mind, you must regularly backwash or reverse the water flow to get rid of these particles.
Along with media filters, cartridge filters are one of the most widely-used pool filtration systems. Cartridge filters are cylindrical tanks that come with a removable pleated filter. Unlike media filters, they do not need to be back-washed and can simply be lifted out and hosed down.
One of the main benefits of cartridge filters is that they perform exceptionally well at lower speeds and work perfectly with energy-efficient variable-speed pumps. This can help make the costs of maintaining your pool cheaper and save you a considerable amount on your energy bills over the years.
Together with your water filter, your water pump works to keep your pool clean and free from unwanted bacteria and sediments. If you don’t have a properly functioning water pump, your water filter will be of no use because there’ll be no water passing through it.
The water pump you choose needs to be in line with the specifications of your filter so that your pump won’t prematurely damage or destroy it. Pumps are much more expensive than filters, so you want to make sure your pump is well taken care of and properly maintained.
The main role of a pool liner is to cover up the walls and floor of your pool and create a barrier between the walls of your pool and the water inside of it. This is done to prevent leaks and protect the structural integrity of your pool, as well as prevent the growth of mould and algae.
Pool liners can serve aesthetic purposes as well, enhancing the appearance of your pool with a variety of vinyl colours and patterns available. While tile or fibreglass pools don’t need liners as they perform these functions all on their own, concrete pools can greatly benefit from them as concrete is a highly porous material that easily allows for the growth of algae without highly regimented maintenance. The kind of pool you choose to build will depend on a variety of factors, but your Pool Builders will work closely with you to help extend its lifespan and allow you to get the most use out of it as possible.
Automatic Pool Cleaners
If you don’t want to deal with manually brushing and vacuuming your pool, an automatic pool cleaner is well worth the investment. There are plenty of different options on the market for you to choose from, such as suction side cleaners, robotic cleaners and pressure side cleaners.
While having an automatic pool cleaner greatly reduces your workload, make sure you maintain it regularly and keep it in good working order. You can do this by simply cleaning out the debris it collects and scrubbing the exterior occasionally as well.
Pool covers are a lifesaver for any pool owner, greatly reducing the amount of falling debris that finds its way into your pool and clog up your drains and pool cleaners. On top of this, they can also help keep your pool warmer in the summer without the need of using your pool heater thanks to their ability to attract heat.
Pool covers are available in a variety of options, with lightweight bubble blankets being one of the most affordable options and strong, rigid slat covers providing the most protection and safety for children and pets. While pool covers won’t be able to stop everything from getting into your pool, a high-quality one will come surprisingly close.