Pool Pumps

Written by Seth Cotterell
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When I was a kid, I wanted nothing in the world so badly as my own swimming pool. I begged and begged my parents to put a pool in our back yard. They of course gave me lectures on the responsibility of pool ownership and the work involved. Like any kid who wants something that badly, I promised to do everything.

When my parents finally did break down and put in a pool, I quickly learned what they had been saying all along. Owning a pool does take a lot of work and is a big responsibility. In the years since then, I have learned how to reduce the amount of labor and stress involved in proper pool maintenance and to maximize the enjoyment owning a pool in your own backyard provides.

The first step to getting what you want out of your own pool is to ask yourself what kind of pool you really want. For some people, a small, above ground pool is all they need to splash around in and have a good time. Others will want larger, more elaborate pools. The larger the pool, the more it will cost to install, clean, operate, and keep in proper condition. Do not get carried away by your excitement and install a pool that is too big and too expensive for your needs.

Important Pool Equipment

Once your requirements are clearly identified, you'll need to get the right equipment. Good equipment is the most important thing you can do to reduce the amount of maintenance and upkeep you personally will have to perform. High quality equipment will handle most tasks for you, leaving you more time and money to enjoy your pool.

Your pool is going to need a pump. The pump is what keeps water moving and circulating through the filter. You'll want a pump that is both easy to install and maintain. Good pumps are designed for easy maintenance by pool owners. This will save you the cost of hiring a professional repair person. Noise is a big concern for pool pumps. Find one that is designed for quiet operation because the sound of a loud pump becomes annoying quickly.

Working with the pump is the pool's filter. The filter is what keeps your water clean and clear. A good filter can remove most of the dirt, debris, hair, oils, soap, algae, bacteria and other substances you do not want in your pool water. Filters can either be cartridge style or D.E. style. D.E. filters use a diatomaceous earth grid to trap and then remove unwanted substances. Cartridges in cartridge filters will need to be replaced periodically as particles accumulate.

More Important Pool Equipment

A good pool heater is also necessary. Even if outside temperatures are fairly nice, water temperatures can be too cold to enjoy a nice refreshing dip in your pool. A pool heater will produce enough BTUs to keep your pool's temperature constant and enjoyable. It will also enable you to enjoy a longer swimming season. Look for a heater that is corrosion resistant and user friendly.

There are many other accessories that will make your pool owning experience more enjoyable. A good pool cover will protect family, friends, neighbors, and pets from accidents. It will also keep large debris like sticks and walnuts out of your pool. An automatic pool cleaner is one of the most helpful gadgets you can buy. It will keep your pool clean, so you don't have to spend time draining and scrubbing your pool.


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