The How Swimming Pools work.

HOW SWIMMING POOLS WORK
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How do swimming pools work?



There is nothing more refreshing on a steamy summer day than to jump into a pool filled with cool, clear water. While these may seem like nothing more than large, artificially-made puddles, there is quite a bit involved in making swimming pools work. Not only are there certain chemicals that are necessary to maintain the water in the pool. The way the system of a swimming pool operates can also be quite complex and are essential in maintaining a clean and crisp swimming pool.

If you’re looking to build or buy a swimming pool, they come in almost any shape that you could want but whatever the shape, every swimming pool works in the same basic way. They all use a combination of filtration devices as well as a mix of chemicals so that the water can always be cleaned. The standard swimming pool has seven main parts. These are a basin, a pump run by a motor, a filter for the water, a device to release chemicals into the water, multiple drains and returns, and plumbing constructed of PVC plastic to connect all of the parts together.

The main concept of swimming pools is to continually pump water throughout the system. The water is taken from the pool and pumped through the filters and the chemicals and then distributed back into the pool again. This process frees the water of dirt and other debris within the pool itself as well as the water. This process also takes bacteria out of the water. For those who like the perfect temperature in their pool, some pool systems also include a heating element.

Although pools may come in any shape, there are different basic types of pools and the type of pool it is mainly depends on how the basin is made. Above-ground pools are definitely the cheapest type of pool one could own and they are the easiest to build, usually coming in many different large pieces that can be pieced together. Although it may seem that you can build them yourself, it’s usually wiser to call in professionals. The contractors will first create a large, flat piece of land by levelling off the section of ground. They will then create a track that will hold the exterior of the pool. Sand is then spread inside the pool area and plumbing is installed. They will then place the vinyl layer around the pool area and they will smooth and put the vinyl in place once the pool has been filled with water. The last step is to install the pump and filters after which, the pool is ready to be used. Although these types of pools are portable, they don’t last as long as other types of pools and they aren’t as attractive.

Fiberglass pools are very popular and are simply a molded basin constructed from fiberglass plastic. A hole will first be dug to an appropriate size. The plumbing is then laid, some sand is added to fill spaces and the pool is then placed within the hole. They will then even out the pool, install the plumbing and refill the area around the pool. This type of pool generally has a concrete deck built around it. In-ground, vinyl lined pools are a combination of in-ground and above-ground pools. They are set up and operate the same way as an above-ground pool but they look like an in-ground pool. However, because they are not truly built in-ground, they are not as durable as in-grounds.

Gunite pools are the most common type of pool construction. After the hole is dug for these types of pools, the plumbing in installed and sand is used as filler. However, a grid framework is constructed using steel rebar rods. The rods are spaced approximately ten inches apart and they are held together with a wire. Once the grid is in place, a layer of gunite is applied with a spray. Gunite is a combination of cement and sand and this is placed around the rebar rods. Inside the sprayer, this mix is dry but just before it is sprayed it is mixed with water to give it a wet concrete feel. The extra gunite will then be troweled to make it smooth and it then needs to dry for approximately one week. Once it has dried, a smooth lining will be applied over the rough surface.

Poured-concrete pools were replaced by gunite pools because they operate in much the same fashion. The difference is that instead of the gunite spray being applied around rebar rods, they would be poured into wooden frames.

Although there are many options pertaining to what kind of swimming pool you have, they all work in the same general way in that water is taken from the pool and put through a filtering and cleansing system that keeps the water clean and clear.


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