If you are like most pool owners in the Phoenix Valley, the monsoon rains might be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the rain brings cool breezes and breathes new life into the valley’s flora and fauna. On the other hand, the rain brings wind to fill your pool with dust and debris and disrupt the chemical balance of your once-clean pool. In July’s post, we talked about ways to maintain your pool’s cleanliness when the weather is bad. But with more homeowners looking to installing their own swimming pool, we get a lot of questions about the best cleaning system for a swimming pool in regards to maintenance and efficiency.
Our swimming pool construction and installation specialists have found that the optimum method to sweep a pool is with an in-floor cleaning system. Not only are these systems low-maintenance, they also clean hard-to-reach areas with ease. Most standard pools rely on ordinary circulation to sweep the pool. This process works by drawing the water from the surface of the pool through surface skimmers and from the bottom of the pool by way of suction pipes and running it through a filter. The water is then returned to the pool through valves on the walls of the pool called returns. Filtering water in this method keeps surface water from truly circulating. One major disadvantage to this system is that chemicals used to sanitize the pool are unevenly dispersed and accumulate at the water’s surface. Another disadvantage is that the water’s surface is allowed to reach higher temperatures than the rest of the water. When water is not circulated properly, the water tends to get very warm on top, cooler in the middle and cold at its depth.
In contrast, an in-floor system works differently to circulate the water. Though water is taken into the filter in the same way as ordinary circulation, it is dispersed back into the pool from the bottom up. Using water pressure from the pool pump, water is channeled through a valve and circulated through pop-up heads installed on the swimming pool floor. The pressurized water moves dirt and debris from the floor, steps and benches and is directed into a debris removal system. The distribution of filtered water in this manner not only evenly disperses sanitation chemicals, but temperature as well, keeping the entire pool at a more uniform temperature. With this method of water circulation, the pool water is turned more efficiently, saving you time on labor. The even distribution also helps you save money on pool chemicals because they are being utilized more effectively with far less waste.
For more information on in-floor cleaning systems or on custom pool designs, contact the swimming pool experts at Hop Cassidy Pools in Phoenix, Arizona. We can answer any questions you may have and walk you through the process of creating a swimming pool that fits your yard, lifestyle and budget. We also specialize in pool remodeling. We can turn your existing pool into the pool of your dreams. If you are interested in a free quote on a new pool or a pool remodel, contact Hop Cassidy Pools today or give us a call at 480-905-8780.