01 Apr 2013

Swimming Pool Pumps and Motors

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Swimming pool maintenance and proper water filtration become even more important in the summer months in Phoenix. As the pool water heats up, the algae, which is ever present, begins to multiply. Remember, algae grows “exponentially” not one-to-one.

Keeping the pool well filtered helps keep down the particles in the water that the algae feeds on, and even filters out some of the algae.

A pump must turn over the entire contents of the pool 11/2 times per day in the summer and once in the winter. A good pump should have a medium or high flow head in order to accomplish this.
An easy principal to remember for run times is to run the pump 1 hour for every 10 degree’s of daytime consistent heat.

A medium flow head pump is most often used with pools that don’t have in-floor cleaners. (sometimes known as “pop-ups”) It is also the best application for suction side cleaners. A high flow head pump is used mainly used with in-floor popups. The difference between the two is not so much the gallons per minute they pump as is the pressure at which they pump.

While some pumps are made of plastic, the better ones are made of a material that is very like PVC. Some call it a “Noryl”. Brands do make a difference in longevity, parts availability, and ease of repair. Our preference is “Pentair” or Waterway.

If you have questions about what type of pump you should be using in your swimming pool, come into Pool People and ask us what will work for your pool. Located in Glendale, Arizona, Pool People provides regular pool and spa cleaning, pool and spa maintenance, pool remodeling, pool and spa repairs, as well as tile cleaning for residents of the Northwest Valley in Phoenix. We also have a fully stocked pool store at 5830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Suite B-6, Glendale, AZ.

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