Inground Pools – A Look At The Pumping And Filtration Options

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Having a personal swimming pool is definitely a dream come true for many. A big lavish apartment, with plenty of free space, a nice patio, and then a beautifully constructed swimming pool will definitely make the stay pleasant and worthy. However, it is equally important to take care of the pool. The maintenance part is something that you cannot ignore by any means.

The pump – a major factor in the pool’s circulation system

The pump is an integral part of the pool’s circulation system. It is the pump that’s responsible for moving the water from the pool while making the necessary effort to filter the same (to get rid of the debris, dirt, and dust) before sending it back to the pool. But the question that strikes the mind: What is the total duration in a day for running the pump? It all depends on the size of the inground swimming pools, the size of the pumps being used, and piping size, and the swimmer load factor that determines the total running time for the pump. You need to consult a professional pool builder to gain more idea about the running time of the pump. The thumb rule is that you run the pump for an hour or so for every 10º of temperature. Keep in mind, if the pump is not running, the water present in the pool will not be filtered or circulated. Henceforth, running the pump is essential to keep the pool water clean and germ-free.

The Filtration System and types

The primary task of the filtration system is to eliminate all the undissolved debris and dirt from the water present in the pool. Most of the pool filters require backwashing during situations when the pressure gauge rises in the range of 8-10 psi from clean. Consult a reputed pool building professional to pick the right kind of filter for the pool. In fact, the inground pool prices depend a lot on the kind of filtration system being used.

Types of filters

There are basically three different types of filters available for pools: Sand, Cartridge, and Diatomaceous Earth filters.

  • Sand Filters

  • This type of filter uses the process of backwashing to remove dirt. Backwashing is nothing but simply a process to reverse the water flow. However, keep in mind that the filter must be backwashed only when the pressure gauge indicates a 7-10 lbs. rise over the normal operating pressure. These filters must be cleaned minimum once every season with a filter cleaner.

  • Cartridge Filters

  • Again, this filter can be used to remove dirt only when the pressure gauge indicates an increase of 7-10 lbs. over the normal operation pressure. First, remove the cartridge(s) from the system and then hose off every single bit of loose dirt and debris. Once done, soak the elements in a proper filter cleaner for a minimum of 12 hours. This will help in removing the entire grease and oil being embedded in the filter element.

  • Diatomaceous Earth Filters

  • Similar to the sand filters, the DE filters also get cleaned through backwashing the filter only when the pressure increases 7-10 lbs. But remember, one the filter is backwashed, the new DE must be added to coat the grids in the filter.

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