Whether you’re a new pool owner or a pool connoisseur looking for refresher content, here is a quick, easy-to-understand tutorial on how pool equipment works.
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How Things Work
All basic swimming pool systems work the same. During normal operation, water is drawn from the pool using suction created by the pool pump. The water is drawn into the pump from the main drain and skimmers. The pool pump generates pressure, circulating water through the pool filter, heater, chlorinators or other pieces of equipment, and returned back to the pool.
Properly filtering and sanitizing your pool’s water will keep it healthy and free of debris, bacteria and algae.
Pool Pump: Circulates the water throughout pool system
Pool Filter: Filters the water and helps to keep it crystal clear
Salt Chlorinator: Converts ordinary salt into chlorine automatically
Chemical Feeder: Feeds Trichlor, Bromine and other sanitizing chemicals into pool water
Heater: Gas or electric heaters regulate & maintain desired water temperature
Heat Pump: Uses heat from surrounding air to regulate & maintain desired water temperature
Automation: Automates equipment and features to turn on and off
Automatic Pool Cleaner: Vacuums and some scrub pool floors and walls automatically
Valve: Diverts water on suction or return side of pool system
Drain: Suction point on bottom or side of pool supplying water to the pump
Skimmer: Suction point on pool surface supplying water to the pump
Return: Point at which circulated water returns back into the pool
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