The Basics Of Your Pool’s Plumbing

If you are in the process of getting a new pool, you should probably have a basic idea as to how the all the plumbing of your pool works. That way if there is a problem you can talk the plumber or pool repair person and tell them what you think the problem is. That can save a lot of time when it comes fixing any problems because they won't have to go through the entire system. 

Necessary Parts of Your Pool

Your pool is more than just the part that you see. All in-ground pools have to have seven things in order to make them work. 

  1. Basin: The basin is the basic structure of the pool. It's like a bathtub that someone has planted in the ground. 
  2. PVC plumbing: The plumbing is what connects all the necessary parts together. You want to have PVC in there because the chemicals could damage other materials. 
  3. Pump: The pump circulates the water around the plumbing system. The water in your pool's plumbing system should basically go around in a circle, starting in the pool and eventually ending up back there. That keeps the pool cleaner and the bacteria level down. 
  4. Water filter: The filter is a mechanical filter, in that the water runs through it, and the debris is caught in the filter, versus having chemicals kill the bacteria. 
  5. Chemical feeder: The chemical feeder makes sure that all the appropriate chemicals make it into the pool. 
  6. Drains: Your main drain, located on the bottom of the pool, should be covered with an anti-vortex cover. That keeps any extra suction from forming at the drain so that no one can get caught in it and hurt. 
  7. Returns: The returns put the water back in your pool after it has been filtered and chlorinated. 

Optional Parts of the Pool

While those seven parts are necessary for your in-ground pool to work, there are other things that you can also have added in. One of those is a heater. The heater would get connected into the plumbing system so that the water will heat as it circulates, bringing the water to a more comfortable temperature. Even pool owners who live in warmer climates may want to have a pool heater just to bring the temperature of the water up a couple of degrees. 

If you are going to get an in-ground pool, having a basic knowledge of all the parts of your pool can help you with troubleshooting if something happens. Click here for info on pool plumbing.