Swimming Pool Equipment & Accessories

By: A & T Swimming Pool Specialist  04/12/2015

When you choose a company to build your swimming pool, you want one that can be versatile regarding its abilities. It’s important to deal with individuals skilled in masonry, electric, mechanical work, along with pool plumbing. A pool pump is an important part of the overall filtration system and requires correct sizing and installation to be effective. For above ground pools up to and including a 24-foot round, a 1-horse power pump is the correct size. All larger pools need 1 ½-horse power pumps. Another consideration is the correct corresponding sand filter size to accompany the pump. Too large of a canister will prevent good water flow during filtering and back-washing, due to too much sand, whereas too small a canister will not handle the power of the pump and channels will develop effecting filtration quality. Swimming pools are composed of several systems (electrical, structural), it’s no surprise that the plumbing portion is by far the most extensive component. After all, we are talking about a reservoir capable of holding several thousand gallons of water. The average residential pool is made up of numerous drains, valves, seals, couplings, fittings and of course a good amount of PVC, galvanized and/or copper pipe. It is important to know the ins and outs of swimming pool plumbing, because a problem with your plumbing system can lead to numerous issues. When pool water doesn't stay where it should, other areas can be seriously affected. Pump motors may break, wiring can short out and your foundation could suffer significant damage. And a serious leak may cost you quite a bit in water bills to boot (not to mention the loss of a natural resource).

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