Having the right pool equipment is vital to the health and safety of your pool. With just a few essential items, you can ensure the quality of your pool for years to come. Here is the basic pool equipment that every pool owner should have (hint: if you don’t yet have this equipment, we can supply it at your next service.
The pump is the heart of your pool system. A pump is necessary because it circulates the water in your pool – without a pump, dirt, algae and bacteria would collect in your water and your pool would stagnate (which is unsafe and unhygienic to swim in). How does a pump work? In a typical pump system, an electric motor spins an impeller inside the pump housing. The impeller drives the water from the various drains through the filter (another essential piece of equipment) and back out to the water inlets.
Energy efficient pumps are much more economical than traditional pumps. They offer whisper quiet operation and can save you up to 75% in running costs.
Swimming pools are subject to constant contamination brought in by swimmers and the environment surrounding your pool. The filter is the mechanical system that is responsible for removing this debris from your pool – which is important for hygiene, appearance and safety reasons. Filters are universal in pool systems – they are linked to the circulation system along with the motors and pumps. As the pump circulates the water, impurities are strained out by the filter, which doesn’t have any moving parts and is made of very simple components. There are three different types of filters: sand, cartridge and diatomaceous earth (DE). Each filter type has its pros and cons – for help deciding which filter is best for you pool, contact The Pool Gurus.
A Pool Cover
Setting up a pool cover requires a bit of work, but trust us, it’s worth it. Not only does a cover shield your pool from outside weather and debris when it’s not in use, it can also act as a barrier to prevent small children and pets from falling in.
Even if you have the best pump and filter on the market, you will still need some additional cleaning equipment to keep your pool in great condition. There are three different types of cleaners: suction, pressure and robotic.
Suction cleaners attach to your skimmer box via hose, and use the suction created by your filtration system to suck up grime. Most pool cleaners are suction models.
Pressure cleaners are more powerful than suction cleaners. Most models operate with an additional booster pump, which needs a separate hose connection in the pool wall. These separate connections can be expensive, so if your pool doesn’t already have one, you might want to forgo the pressure cleaner option.
Robotic cleaners run on electricity, so you will need a power point in close proximity to your pool. Robotic cleaners are great for large pools and very cost effective.
Some things to look out for when choosing your pool cleaning equipment:
- Adjustable – Your pool cleaner should be able to cope with different pool shapes and sizes by adjusting hose buoyancy and main flow. Some cleaners have a deflector that prevents the cleaner from getting stuck in one place.
- Hose length – Make sure the hose reaches from one end of your pool to the other, with an extra metre or two of give (to prevent any cleaning restrictions).
- Ability to navigate steps – If your pool has steps, make sure your cleaner can navigate them!
While your pump, filter and cleaning equipment do the majority of your pool sanitation, chemicals are required to keep your water free of pathogens. Pathogens are bacteria that cause cloudiness, skin and eye irritations and damage to your pool. The chemicals and ratios that you will need will differ depending on whether you have a chlorine, bromine, salt water or ionised pool. Here is the simple combination of chemicals you need for a chlorinated pool:
- Chlorine balancing agents
- Water test system
- Alkaline balancing agents
- Calcium balancing agents
At The Pool Gurus, we have all the equipment you need to have your pool healthy and clear all year round. We provide our range of service in the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Banora Point, Burleigh Heads, Tweed Heads, Ocean Shores, Coolangatta, Kingscliff and Ballina areas.
For more information about pool equipment, maintenance or our services, don’t hesitate to contact us.