With the proper maintenance, a well built inground pool can last many years. From time to time, some renovation is required, though, and one of the most common ways to revitalize a plaster finish pool is to patch and repaint. Water balancing chemicals and sunlight over a period of time can cause the paint to stain, fade and blister away, and you need to select a good quality paint to replace it.
A regular cleaning schedule is a must to keep the load on your pool filter low and maintain your swimming pool in a clean and visually appealing state. These are the things that pool service companies will take of for you if you decide to hire one. If not, you should establish a regular routine that includes the following chores.
Test the water for pH and residual chlorine level, total alkalinity and calcium hardness. Note what adjustments are needed, but do not add any chemicals to the water until vacuuming and cleaning have been done.
Polycarbonate panels are made from a particular type of thermoplastic polymers. They are one of a number of alternatives to glass glazing used in commercial and residential greenhouses. The main advantages of polycarbonate panels over glass is lighter weight and lower cost.
The lower weight means your greenhouse can have framing that is not as strong as that required for glass, and the lighter framing, which can be of wood, aluminum or steel, will not block as much light from the plants inside.
Polycarbonate panels for greenhouse glazing are available from many manufacturers; some of the brand names include Polygal, Palgard, Lexan, Macrolux and Suntuf. All are available in double or triple wall thicknesses.
The swimming pool pump fulfills the function of drawing water from your pool, pushing it through the filtration equipment, and then returning it to the pool. The majority of pool pumps on the market are an integral unit housing an electric motor and a mechanical pump sealed in heavy duty molded plastic. They are available in a variety of horsepower sizes, starter system configurations and casing materials, but the basic design does not vary too much.
Every pool needs to have a filtration system. Basically the filtration system pumps water from the pool, via pipes, to a filter, and then through a return line, which may or may not include a heater, to the pool. The filter removes sediment, debris and dirt particles, handling the cleaning that pool chemicals cannot. Various types of pool filters are available, including cartridge filters, high rate sand filters and diatomaceous earth filters.
High Rate Sand Filters
This type of filter consists of a container with a layer of sand inside through which water is continuously filtered. Dirt and debris is trapped in the sand until it builds up to the point that water flow becomes restricted. A pressure gauge is monitored until it indicates that backwashing is required.