Plumbing is one of the most crucial (and often misunderstood) aspects of pool construction. Your plumbing and filtration system is like the cardiovascular system of your pool. The heart of it all is your water pump, which serves as the driving force and moves water through the pipes and filter. Depending on your setup, this could include over 200 feet underground of plumbing.
How Your Plumbing Works
So how does, water move throughout such a large system? First, water from the pool moves toward the filtering system through one or more main drains at the bottom of the pool and any skimmer drains around the top of the pool. The main drains, located at the lowest point of the pool, capture any of the dirt and debris that sinks to the bottom.
At the same time, the skimmer catches any debris that floats on top of the water such as leaves or lotion. As water passes through the skimmer, larger debris is captured by a strainer basket to prevent it from traveling to the filtering system. Both the water from the main drain and skimmer moves toward the pump.
Keeping Your Water Clean
Before the water reaches the water pump and filter, it travels through another strainer baskets intended to catch any large debris that might damage or clog the pump. Next, the pump pushes the water through the filter, usually a high-rate sand filter. As gravity moves the water down through the sand, it catches any remaining contaminants. At this point, if you have a heater, your water will be warmed up before making its way back into the pool through the returns.
With all of these different variables, it is important that each piece is treated with care. As professional pool builders, we pressure test our plumbing lines, follow best practices, and ensure your plumbing is safe and has the utmost quality. If you are considering building a new pool, or need repairs to your existing plumbing, contact us today to get started on your project.