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Pool Pumps

What is a pool pump?

Every swimming pool needs a pump. The pool pump is the heart of the swimming pool's cleaning and filtration system and plays a primary role in circulating the water around the pool, keeping the water fresh and clean by forcing it to return through the filtering system at regular intervals. This process is essential for removing any debris or impurities from the pool water. It also circulates the chlorine or other disinfectant that keeps the water sanitary.

How do they work?

There are two main components to a typical pool pump system. First, there's the filter. As the water is drawn in toward the pump, it passes through the filtering mechanism, which catches any solids in a strainer basket. More advanced types of pumps also have a water filtration device that purifies the water before automatically mixing in additional chlorine. Once the water goes through this process it then enters the pumping mechanism, which usually consists of a centrifugal pump that moves at a rate sufficient enough to circulate all the water every 24 hours or so.

Of course, when it comes to pool pumps, safety is a top concern. While they must create a certain amount of suction in order to be effective, they usually operate at low enough levels for the suction not to effect anyone swimming in the pool. But just to be safe, the inlets and outlets for the pump are usually covered by grates.

Other related Pump Types include: water pump, pond pump, marine pump.

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