Main Pool Circulation Pump
The circulation pump is the heart of any pool equipment system. It is in charge of moving the pool’s body of water through the filter to keep the pool water clear of contaminants and smaller debris. These pumps have a strainer or trap with a basket to catch larger debris before entering the pump’s internal components. There are many types and styles of pool pumps that perform the same, basic function, but there are many options for a more energy-efficient pump. Please contact us to find out how we can save you money on your pool expense!
The filter catches and contains smaller debris and other contaminants using various types of media (e.g. sand or sand substitute, pleated cartridges, or diatomaceous earth). Here in the mid-south, the most common type we encounter is the ever-popular sand filter. Each filter type has its pros and cons, but all are effective at maintaining a clear pool.
Multiport Valve (MPV)
The multiport valve is found only on sand and D.E. filter types. This large valve is mounted to either the top or side of the filter and determines where and how water flows through the filter and plumbing. It is used semi-frequently during regular maintenance of the filter.
The booster pump is a secondary pump that is dependent upon the main circulation pump for function. Unlike the main circulation pump, it does not have a strainer or trap to catch any debris from entering the pump. Due to its lack of a strainer basket, it relies on the main pump and filter to remove any potentially damaging debris from the water before it circulates through the booster pump. It is most often used to operate a pool cleaner such as a Polaris or Letro. While the system circulates in normal operation, the booster pump takes water from the system and “boosts” it to give the pool cleaner the additional pressure it needs to function properly. It cannot run independently of the main circulation pump without risk of damage.
Water Feature Pump
The water feature pump is a full-sized pump with a strainer and basket that operates on an independent plumbing system from the main circulation and filtration system. These pumps usually have a higher horsepower rating in order to supply the volume of water needed to run a waterfall, infinity edge, multiple sheer descents, fountains, spa jets, etc.
Pool heaters are designed to extend your swimming season by heating the water to an enjoyable temperature. On average, one can expect extend the swimming season by approximately one month in the spring and fall. However, pool heaters are not designed to maintain a comfortable swimming temperature during the winter months. Spa heaters are designed to heat water to a therapeutic temperature. These can frequently be used all year round depending on the configuration of the spa. Some heaters can be used for both the pool and spa applications. Most heaters in this region use natural gas, but there are heaters that use propane and some that run on electricity only.
Salt Cell/Chlorine Generator
This piece of equipment is present, in some form, on all salt water pools. Using a process of electrolysis, the salt cell breaks down the salt molecule into hypochlorous acid, a form of chlorine to sanitize the water. Salt cells vary in size, shape, and color depending on the manufacturer and typically need replacement every few years.
Valves come in many styles, but all perform the same function of diverting water in the plumbing system.