How intimately do you know your swimming pool? If you maintain it yourself—even part-time—then you should know about some of the inner-workings of that big body of water in your yard. Let us help you take the mystery out of some of the main components of your swimming pool, so at least if the pool repair person is explaining something, you won't have a spacey, far-off look in your eyes as he/she uses terms like surface skimmer and filtration system.
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You can't go to a pool supply store and ask to buy a backwasher. They might know what you're talking about, but you'll give away that you don't know the correct terms for the parts of your pool. Whether you buy your pool equipment from a local retailer or shop online, this is an important word to know for general pool maintenance.
A hint: backwashing is a process and a very important one at that. Discover why it's key to keeping your pool clean and properly maintained.
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Without coping, the steel projecting from the pool's walls would be exposed, and water could get behind the pool shell. Discover other functions of pool coping.
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Not surprisingly, DE, aka diatomaceous earth, is the main ingredient in a DE pool filter. Discover why many pool owners consider DE filters to be the best kind of pool filter.
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While solar has been grabbing all the attention, gas heaters still account for most of the heaters in residential pools. Discover why they are still a good idea for heating small pools and spas.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Working in tandem with the motor, the pool pump draws water from a pool or spa and somehow returns it back to the pool or spa. Find out how this happens and why it's an integral part of your pool.
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Most residential pools have skimmers, which help with debris collection. Find out the other functions of a skimmer and the types of debris it collects (ick alert!).Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Weirs are best friends to skimmers and you rarely see one without the other. Find out why.