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.

Expert Advice

Dr. Lev Nelik recommends some valuable steps you can take to extend the life of your pump and ensure its operating under optimum conditions.

Centrifugal pumps can sometimes be noisy, perform poorly, break shafts, and cause other problems. This is often due to one of many pump suction conditions.

Pumps are available in many different types and configurations. The key to finding the right pump for the job involves asking the right questions.

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Industry Updates

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The Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation bought DW Pumps, a pump rental company in Northern California. DW specializes in industrial, municipal and construction pump solutions for customers on the West Coast.

KNF has introduced a new high-pressure, micro diaphragm pump which can dose or transfer liquids or liquid-gas mixtures at flow rates up to 300 ml/min.

Double hose-diaphragm pumps in quintuplex configuration guarantee minimum pulsation and wear. German pump manufacturer Feluwa's Multisafe double hose - diaphragms pumps make easy work of moving aggressive or abrasive products long distrance, according to a company news release.

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Pump Tweets

Xylem introduces its Flowtronex Silent Storm Express (SSE) variable speed pumping system. The system was designed to advance remote pump control, with Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) efficiency. The SSE provides golf course maintenance managers with power management tools for a more green/sustainable solution.

NETZSCH Mohnopumpen GmbH introduces a new version of its TORNADO rotary lobe pump. The new lobe pump is built to have a long service life and virtually eliminates any possibility of transmission damage due to leakage or contamination.

United Technologies Corp plans to sell pump manufacturers Milton Roy and Sundyne. Among other things Milton Roy specializes in metering pumps and centrifugal pumps. Sundyne manufactures industrial pumps and compressors for the process fluid and gas industries.

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