Swimming Pool Plumbing
With summer just around the corner, pool owners are turning their attention to preparing their pools for summertime enjoyment. The quality of your pools totally depends on their plumbing substructures. Swimming pool plumbing includes the pipes and fixtures for the distribution and disposal of pool water.
Swimming pool plumbing includes all the aspects of your pools, such as pool filtration, pool cleaning, chlorination systems, waterfalls, pool/spa heating, spa jets/air, skimmers, aerators, auto water-levelers, drains/returns.
Your pumps are the source of water for your pools. The size of your pools is the factor that determines the right horsepower of the pumps. Your pumps should be matched according the size of the length of your plumbing runs, other wise you’ll be paying higher monthly electricity bills.
Your plumbing runs cost depend on the length of your plumbing runs; more the length, more you’ll be paying. Your pool run substructures hold the main key in getting the best pools. So, these need to set up the best possible ways to get effective results.
The Auto Water Levelers (AWLs) of your pools are tapped into the hoses that are used to fill your pools. Usually, 3/4″ PVC hookups are used to link up AWLs. Auto Water Levelers are the devices that monitor the water level of your pools and automatically fill up your pools when the water level dips below a certain level.
You can put your heaters in the locations best suiting to your pools, but your heaters needed to be at least four feet from any property line. According to the U.S. state codes, the exhaust vent of the heater unit must be 4 feet from any property line. The unit itself can be within the 4 foot boundary, but not the exhaust vent.
Skimmers are also chosen according to the sizes of your pools. Skimmers skim off / suck up the leaves and other debris floating at the surface of the water of your pools. Skimmers are installed right at the water lines so that at normal levels, the pool water is about halfway up their mouths. The rest of the debris settles down to the bottom where your pool vacs can suck it up. The main drains are tied to the bottom of the skimmers. The drains are mainly used to provide enough water from the pool for filtration. Usually 2″ PVC are used in all skimmer plumbing. These include the runs from the equipment to the skimmers and from the skimmers to the main drains.
The pipes that return filtered water back to the pool are called returns. The water “sucked” from the pool via the pool vac and/or the skimmer/main drains goes through the filter and returns to the pool evenly distributed through these return pipes. Nowadays, looped returns are run by most of pool plumbers to give even water flow distribution; this is called an Anti-Vortex drain.
Swimming pool plumbing services are offered by several professional pool companies. Some companies also do offer their services in packages that normally include HP Hayward Pumps, Sand, DE, or Cartridge Filtration Systems, Pool Vac Cleaning Systems, 15′ Plumbing Runs, Auto Water Levelers, and Standard Chlorination Systems.
Following are a couple swimming pool companies to consider: