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    New to pools, pls help identify components

    Hello All,

    I took ownership of a home with a pool and looking for some help. I'm new to pools and have no idea about pool plumbing. I can identify the pool pump, filter and heater. However, there are a couple of components I'm not understanding. Furthermore, I don't know if this is a saltwater or chlorine pool. Listing agent had no idea, the home was bank owned. I attached two pictures. The first picture has two components which to me would look like pumps but they only have one like to them as opposed to an inlet and outlet. The second picture I'm assuming it is a check valve?
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    Pool dimensions 40'x20', 3 feet shallow end and 7' deep end
    Heater Pentair Mastertemp 400
    Filter pump Hayward SP3020EE, Motor AO Smith ST1202, 2HP
    Filter Hayward Pro Grid D.E Filter
    ~40k gallons 40'x20' - 10'deep end 3' shallow end
    Hayward D.E. Filter (DE4820)
    Pentair Master-Temp 400K
    Filter Pump Hayward Supper II Pump SP3020

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    Re: New to pools, pls help identify components

    The black cylindrical item on top of the pipe is an air blower. It is usually attached to the spa jets to boost performance.

    The rusty thing near the ground is a pool sweep booster pump. It is designed to provide high pressure for the original "Pool Sweep" made by Arneson. If it runs, You can also use it to run a Polaris 180, 280, or 380 cleaner.

    Yes, that is a check valve. If you ever need to replace it, buy one with attached unions for easy servicing in the future.
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    Re: New to pools, pls help identify components

    Welcome to TFP! You will find a lot of useful information on this site. The white arrow is pointing to an air blower for the spa. The red arrow appears to point at a booster pump for a cleaner of some type and the bulge in the piping is a check valve to prevent water in the spa from draining back into the pool when the spa is off.
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    Re: New to pools, pls help identify components

    Welcome to TFP!

    I do not see a saltwater chlorine generator in the pics. Please update your location to include your state or country. Climate is an important factor when giving advice on pool care.
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    Re: New to pools, pls help identify components

    Thanks for all your help.
    Another question. I purchased a Zodiac Barracuda MX8 not knowing that I had a pump booster in the system. Can I now eliminate the booster pump from the system? Is it still needed?
    Location is San Bernardino County, California.
    I will update location.

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    Re: New to pools, pls help identify components

    Yes, you can punt the booster pump. It's only function is to power a pressure side cleaner.
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    Re: New to pools, pls help identify components

    There may be an issue with that blower. The valve under it has been closed. If it does work, you would need to open that valve to keep the blower from getting damaged. You shouldn't run the blower against a closed or blocked line.
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    Re: New to pools, pls help identify components

    Pool clown,

    Correct. That blower is toast. It sparked and let out smoke the minute it was turned on. Trying to get home warranty to replace the blower and the filter pump. As it turns out, the booster pump wasn't even connected. However, I decided to eliminate the booster.
    ~40k gallons 40'x20' - 10'deep end 3' shallow end
    Hayward D.E. Filter (DE4820)
    Pentair Master-Temp 400K
    Filter Pump Hayward Supper II Pump SP3020

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