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.
First, you may have heard of the term backwashing. 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.
What Is Backwashing?
The backwashing process reverses the flow of water to flush out contaminants from a swimming pool filter. It should be carried out until water runs clear through the waste line.
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