Common Mistakes in Pool Building and Pool equipment purchases
Too many times we see pools that are beautifully built with grandeur appearances then to turn on the filtration equipment and see such a failure in water circulation & movement.
What we are talking about here is undersized filtration equipment and poorly plumbed pools that just do not circulate the water adequately and has “dead spots” with no water movement at all. (Read more about our Natural Pools Australia benefits)
Pool plumbing is just as crucial as the look and design of the pool shell.
Those people who are looking for a new pool or remodeling their old pool be sure to cover all aspects on design, construction and plumbing equipment and plumbing configurations.
Pool plumbing needs to provide adequate circulation by placement of jets that are plumbed in a way that provides even distribution of sanitized water and by equipment that is sized correctly for the pool volume.
Most pools have a minimum of 2 return jets; the pool water is drawn into the skimmer box (or trough from infinity edge pools) by the pump and past the filtration and sanitation equipment before being sent back to the pool via the return pipe. This return pipe carries the sanitized water and delivers it to the pool jets. The return jets that have been correctly plumbed will have equal distribution of flow to each jet.
Pools that have not been manifolded in way to distribute the flow evenly will reveal the bulk of the water pressure coming out at the closest jet in the return line and that pressure will weaken as it flows to the other jets further down the line. This creates an uneven distribution of pressure from the pump and uneven distribution of sanitized water. Especially pools that have free form shapes this can cause stagnate water in corners and areas further away from the jets. Stagnate water that does not pass the sanitation will go off and cause problems in any type of pool i.e. chlorine, salt chlorination or fresh water.
In the swimming season, all the volume of pool water must move and circulate past the filtration sanitation equipment twice a day for effective pool care health standards.
Also the dimension of the pipes used is another important aspect. Small to average pools are fine to be plumbed in 40mm plumbing but anything above average should be plumbed in 50mm so water flows freely with less friction. Large pools that are plumbed in 40mm plumbing restrict the flow of sanitised water and do not perform as well as those plumbed in 50 mm plumbing. There is a cost difference using 40mm to 50mm plumbing but is well worth it once you see the circulation benefits.
“Just like a well oiled machine”
Be sure to ask your pool builder about plumbing, because once your stone, decking, aggregate or limestone areas around the pool is completed then it is impossible to correct these problems (unless you lift up the area around pool! which just would not happen)
There are many different options of circulation pumps; from one speed to variable speed pumps to variable flow pumps and then a range of different filters that give optimum performance. All options need to be addressed in regards to pool size and shape.
The teams at SwimFresh have had over 30 years of experience in pool plumbing consultation and design, do not hesitate to call for advice and consultation on the best possible plumbing configuration for your pool. Read more
A successfully built pool will boast of its low maintenance and low running costs purely because of its exceptional plumbing design and enhanced with the chlorine-free SwimFresh System will provide the ultimate swimming experience and ease of pool care maintenance for the life of your pool.
Call SwimFresh for further information.