Learn more about the different parts of your swimming pool.

Even if you personally maintain your swimming pool, you may not be very familiar with all the parts you’re working with.  Read on to take some of the mystery out of your swimming pool.

Cartridge filter: A new type of pool filter that has become popular in recent years.  They are safe, effective, and convenient to use.  Cartridge filters work to clean your pool water and remove small particles, dirt, and sediment.  To maintain your filter cartridge, all you need to do is remove the cartridge and wash it or install a replacement cartridge.

Skimmer: This part works by skimming water and capturing floating debris such as leaves, dead insects, dirt, oil, and so on before they sink to the bottom of the pool.  Most skimmers are built into the upper sides of your pool where they suck in pool water and trap the debris.

Weir: The weir is directly related to your pool’s skimmer.  The weir is a barrier that water flows over to reach the skimmer.  Generally, the weir rises and falls to match the surface level of the pool.

Main drain: Your pool’s main drain is generally located at the deepest part of the pool.  This is so the entire pool slants towards this drain.  To prevent people from being caught in them, main drains are usually covered by grates.  The purpose of the main drain is to catch and remove any dirt and debris that sinks to the bottom of the pool.

Use this informational guide to educate yourself about some of the different parts of your pool.  For more information about your pool parts, or for assistance with maintaining your pool, contact the professionals at Clean & Clear Pools. Located in Danville, California, we serve the Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Alamo, and Danville communities.

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