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POOL REPLACEMENT PARTS

YOUR POOL WILL REQUIRE SOME REPLACEMENT PARTS at some point throughout its life – luckily most pools have little in the way of consumables and can run for years. The first thing to think about is the low grade consumables.


FILTERS, STRAINERS, BASKETS AND MORE

Most of the low impact replacement parts in your pool will center around items like pool filters, if you have a cartridge type filter. They are the only item in the pool designed to ultimately be thrown away, and have a service life of up to five years. Since they’re relatively expensive, you want to gently clean them frequently so as to preserve their longevity.


Pool strainers and baskets are also a common replacement part. Your skimmer contains a basket that catches debris floating on the surface of the water. Since this basket is made of fine plastic, debris can sometimes lodge inside one of the holes and the suction will cause the plastic mesh to burst or crack, making it lose its effectiveness. There is also a strainer located upstream of the pump in the prefilter which is designed to prevent heavy debris from clogging the pump vanes. These will also become casualties over time, since they are constantly exposed to high velocity debris that impacts them. Most of these are extremely inexpensive and should be replaced preventatively, as they start to wear.


LESS FREQUENT ITEMS

Given enough time just about anything will wear out and pool parts are no exception. Filter housings made of stainless steel need to be eyed carefully over the years. Depending on the pool’s alkalinity level, a host of stainless steel parts are susceptible to corrosion, and usually the filter canister is one of the first things to go. These tend to develop pinhole leaks due to corrosion on the inside of the canister, and eventually a cheery stream of water will jet out signaling the filter canister must be replaced. Usually, these are good for about a decade, but again, keeping alkalinity in check is the way to make these last longer. On a more mundane level, the seal that sits between the to canister halves is susceptible to drying out and cracking, and should be replaced preventatively as well. Your filter canister’s pressure gage is an excellent way of keeping tabs on it’s health and ability to seal itself – low pressures when they were previously stable is a good sign of a failing canister, as are air or water leaks.


Your pool pump is another component of replacement parts. While it should give you years of perfect service, it should be remembered that it is a high usage item. Most people’s pool pumps run four to six hours per day, seven days per week, sometimes a little more in hot climates, and maybe a little less in cooler climates, but nevertheless, a significant amount. Oftentimes pool pumps run in thankless conditions, forgotten behind a maze of plumbing in the backyard where they sit for years without anyone casting a glance at them. There isn’t much you can do to maintain the pool pump other than keep it clean and keep vegetation from growing around it so as not to choke its air flow. They are simple to replace, usually requiring only a power connection and a couple of plumbing connections.


That’s the basic list of pool replacement parts, and as you can see, there really isn’t that much that requires replacement unless there are some atypical circumstances like extremely high usage or unusually hard water, which will take its toll on all the equipment. Pools are remarkably low maintenance, as the equipment used to run them.






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