Keeping your water clean and filtered is one of the most important things you’ll do for your pool. After all, you don’t want to dive into anything but crystal clear, refreshing water. Pool pumps and filters help you maintain the condition of your pool by removing dirt and debris.
Pool pumps provide the necessary force to circulate your pool water. This helps keep your pool from becoming murky, dirty, or—in extreme cases—green. An in-ground pool pump works by pulling the pool water through a filter, removing any dirt and debris, sanitizing the water, and then pushing the water back into the pool.
Determining what type of pool pump to purchase varies with the size of the pool and the number of features you desire. In order to maintain clear and clean pool water, it is important to purchase a pump that is equipped to circulate the volume of water your pool holds.
Swimming pool filter systems are designed to keep your pool water clean and clear. They remove dirt, leaves and other debris from the water including bacteria and other microorganisms – all of which can be introduced to the pool water by swimmers or by wind and rain if your pool does not have a screen enclosure.
The type of filter you choose determines the way in which the debris is removed from the water. There are three main types of pool filter systems: diatomaceous earth (DE) pool filters, cartridge pool filters, and sand pool filters.
- Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters remove the absolute smallest of particles from your pool. This level of filtration is oftentimes referred to as “water polishing” as it results in water that literally sparkles because it is so clear.
- Cartridge filters not only clean your pool efficiently, but are also easy to clean. These filters are designed to cover the maximum surface area meaning you can enjoy more time between cleanings. And when you do need to clean the filter, it’s
so easy – you simply open the top, remove the cartridge, hose it off, and you’re all set.
- Sand Pool filters are probably the most common type of pool filter used by pool owners. These pool filters are effective, easy-to-use and require minimal maintenance and attention. They work by pulling water through a sand-filled vessel. Dirt collects in the spaces between the sand particles, causing the pressure in the vessel to increase until water can no longer pass through. Once the vessel is full, all you have to do is backwash the filter, which pushes the dirt out.