OK - Let me see if I can start from the beginning. My wife and I purchased (from Wal-mart) last summer one of those Summer Escape 18' round 42" depth pools for our 2 boys 9 and 7. Well it was the hit on my street, on a daily basis we would have 3 - 6 kids in the pool everyday. The pool wasn't even open until mid July. We were very fortunate that a friend of my wife gave us a Columbia pump and sand filter. It worked perfectly!!! My wife maintained the pool so perfectly. I did purchase the adaptor off of amazon to remove the pump from the bottom of the skimmer. The pump and filter system I have is a 1/2 hp pump and 14.5" tank that holds 50lbs of sand.
SO - this is where I need help!!! This year I'm changing over to SWG (intellichlor IC15 by Pentair) and a solar heater. The solar heater is where I need the help!! Where the pool is located I cannot put the solar panels on the ground or beside the pool. I built my own solar panels (1000 ft 1/2" tubing - 4 different panels) I would like to put the panels on my roof because it faces the south and on sunny days, it has sun all day long (sunrise til sunset). I don't think my pump will be strong enough to push the water all the way to my roof (about 35 - 40ft). I had thought about using the little pump that came with the pool to help push it. I have changed the skimmer to a 1 1/2 pipe and plan on hard pvc pipe for the plumbing. I will be using 1 1/2 pvc from skimmer to pump to fiter through SWG to return.
Should I replace my pump and filter to a bigger pump or should I purchase a separate pump just for the solar heater???? Or do you think my current pump will work? The little pump that came with the pool I converted it over to pvc pipe (1 1/2). Is there a way to use it to help push the water?
My thoughts - put in a as close to the bottom but on the side a drain (kinda of like a main drain would work). Drain and skimmer to 1/2 hp pump to filter to a tee (half water through and half to little pump then tee back together) to solar panel (using 1" pvc to the panels and 1" return) to SWG to return. all pipes are 1 1/2 pvc except to solar
Also do I need check valves anywhere?
I know this is a lot!!!