Pool Equipment

Pump Basics

Purchasing a pool pump can often be frustrating and expensive process. Pool builders often steer customers towards pumps larger than are required for their pool. Over time, a pump which is too large for the plumbing and equipment could not only cause damage to the filter and other components but will use more energy than a smaller pump and not deliver that much more performance for the extra cost in energy.

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Determine Pump Run Time

The actual pump run time you need primarily depends on the relative size of your pool, the pump flow rate, the amount of debris that falls into the pool and the use of solar panels (or not). Every pool is different and each pool owner needs to figure it out for themselves. Historically, the rule of thumb has been to run the pump at least 1 turnover per day. However, that has turned out to be a very poor indicator of actual required pump run time. 

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Maintenance and Cleaning of Pool Filters

While most people know that a filter is a key component of a swimming pool’s filtration system, quite a few do not realize that the filter needs to be cleaned periodically to insure proper equipment performance and cleanliness of the pool water. This article will discuss why maintenance cleaning is a good idea, then tell how to clean each of the 3 types of filters; cartridge (or cart), sand and finally both types of the Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters.

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Water Balance for SWGs

These water balance tips for SWGs will help you maintain your salt pool with the fewest problems. If you follow them you will probably never need to SLAM (or shock) your pool and you will maintain a more stable pH then if you go outside of these limits. They might not agree exactly with the manufacturer’s recommended levels but they WORK and will help you have a Trouble Free Salt Pool!

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Test Kits Compared

One of the most important pieces of equipment one can purchase to maintain their pool is a proper test kit. Unfortunately, Pool Store testing seems to be unreliable and can lead you to add chemicals to your water that’s not needed. Nothing will give you more accurate and consistent results than testing using your own test kit.

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