Pumps & Filters
 
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 PUMPS:

A good pool pump is the heart of any pool system.  We carry a wide variety of pumps from the tried, true and tested Hayward Series to the equally as powerful Sta-Rite and Pentair Series.  Whether you're looking for a traditional pool pump or a newer more modern variable speed pump, we've got what you need. 

Filters:

There are 3 main ways to filter swimming pool water: 

  1. Diatomaceous Earth Filters
  2. Sand Filters
  3. Cartridge Filters

Sand and cartridge filters are the most popular methods for filtering residential swimming pools. 

The majority of residential pools are equipped with sand filters as sand is an excellent cleanser for pool water. Sand filters use silica sand to trap debris while allowing water to filter through and be returned to the pool.  The pool water enters the tank through a diffuser, which draws the water down into the bed of sand. The particles of debris are caught in the sand bed, and the water that exits from the bottom of the filter is returned to the pool clean and free of debris.

Sometimes sand filters need a little extra help when dealing with very fine debris.  If your pool is lacking that sparkle it once had consider a coagulant such as Nu-Blu or Quick Clear.  These “clarifiers” form a coating around the fine particles making them heavier, allowing the filter to pick up the particle without it being returned to the pool.  The result is crystal-clear and sparkling pool water.

Sand Filters require “backwashing” in order to clean the filter sand which has collected debris.  Your pressure guage is the best indicator of when a backwash is required.  When the pressure guage is 5-10 lbs over your filter’s general pressure rating, it’s time to backwash.  Backwashing involves turning the valve so that water is directed through the filter backwards, flushing out the dirt.

Remember that sand filters should be cleaned at minimum every 2 pool seasons to keep them operating at peak efficiency.

Newer to the pool industry are cartridge filters which screen dirt out of the pool water at the surface of the cartridge element.  Cartridge filters do not have a “backwash” option.  As particles become trapped, cartridge filters must be manually removed from the filter housing and pressure washed by way of a garden hose. As with traditional filters, the pressure guage is the best indicator of when the cartridge element requires cleaning.  When the pressure guage is 5-10 lbs over your filter’s general pressure rating, it’s time to remove the cartridge and hose it down. 

We sell a variety of sand and cartridge filter makes and models and stock a number of replacement parts for each.