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The Basic Components of a Swimming Pool

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

Anyone who's ever taken a dip in a creek or lake might think that a swimming pool is a reasonably simple apparatus. However, it is a very complex system that must be correctly assembled by a qualified pool builder to work precisely.

Before you even get started with a pool project, you should understand a little more about the construction of your new favorite hangout. This will shed some light on the various expenses associated with the installation and upkeep of a pool. Beyond the actual pool, the parts we'll address are involved in the filtration, water circulation, and heating of water.

Water first travels into the skimmer. This is the opening on the side of the pool where water enters the filtration system. It contains a basket that will collect debris such as hair and insects. Not surprisingly, users should clean this basket regularly.

From there, the water goes through a line into the pump. The pump boosts the pressure of the water so that it can complete its journey back to the pool. From the pump, water goes through a manifold valve that determines whether the water goes through filtration only or whether it is heated before returning to the pool.

The filter is a large cylinder full of sand. The water is forced through the filter, and the sand captures smaller debris like dirt. The filtered water then passes through the heater, if it is in use, and then goes into a line to go back to the pool. The filter can also discharge water to lower the level or to backwash itself and remove debris from the sand.

Water returns to the swimming pool through a return situated on the side of the pool. This creates the familiar water jet which kids love. The filter also permits the discharge of water through a drain, which is used to lower the water level for winter.

Also connected to the pump's section are vacuum ports. These provide a connection point for the pool vacuum, which may be used with an automated model that guides itself along the pool bottom or on the vacuum brush that is used to sweep the bottom and sides of the pool. This process is vital for getting heavier debris that sinks and won't reach the skimmer. It also cleans algae from the pool liner.

As you can see, a custom pool is more than a ladder and a few thousand gallons of water. It has some essential parts that must be properly constructed by the pool builder and adequately maintained by the owner.

While the basics of all pools are the same, there is lots of room for customization. At Hopkins Custom Pools, we have years of experience installing beautiful pools that meet the exact tastes of our clients. If you're ready to get underway with the design and construction of your beautiful custom pool, call us today at 972-771-1892 or, in east Texas, 903-881-7018.


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