27 October 2016
Upgrade your pool plantroom for the best performance
Your swimming pool will last you a lifetime – assuming it has been well-designed and well-built, and you follow the ‘little and often’ servicing mantra and look after both the pool plantroom and the pool itself.
That said, it doesn’t mean you will never have cause nor desire to look at upgrading some elements of the pool and plant over its lifetime. It’s normal to refurbish parts of a home you’ve lived in for say, 15 years, either because of general wear and tear, some new health protection legislation or simply because your tastes have changed and you want a fresh look to your home. It’s much the same with a swimming pool.
Check pool plant for wear and tear
High-quality pool plants are robust and work continuously to provide safe, hygienic water for you and your family to enjoy swimming, but it’s important to remember that chemicals are corrosive and over the long term, they can have an impact on the performance of the pool equipment, reducing their effectiveness. For example, if the pool is leaking, there could be a problem with the filter multiport valve. If this is the case, not only will the pool be losing heated water (which has to be replenished and reheated), even a tiny leak left unattended can damage the pool structure. Another reason to upgrade your pool plant is the advancement of technology.
Modern day pumps offer energy and financial savings
Take the pump, the powerhouse of a swimming pool; it delivers water around the pool system and to the filter for cleaning 24/7. With regular professional servicing, the pump will perform effectively for at least 10 years, but long established pools will be operating with less efficient pumps and therefore not benefiting from the reduced energy consumption offered by modern-day pumps. These have more advanced motors or variable speeds which allow a pump to be set at the optimum performance level. Modern pumps use less energy and reduce running costs, which means financial savings.
Upgrades may arise from health and safety regulations
If new legislation is driving a change of equipment, such as the use of modern gas-fired boilers, the only way you will be aware that you need a replacement is through your professional service engineer. If you’re not in the habit of having regular professional servicing and your plant is over 10 years old, it would be wise to consult a professional to ensure your pool is operating with the best and most energy efficient equipment.
Ensure your disinfectant system is still protecting you
UV or Ozone disinfectant systems should never be left to languish if they are not working properly. They keep the pool water at the highest standard of cleanliness, so if the system develops a problem due to wear and tear, it should be serviced immediately to guarantee hygienic pool water for safe swimming.
Upgrade from sand to glass media for cleaner water
A good quality sand filter will last ten years plus, but eventually it will need to be replaced. You can opt for another sand filter, but if you want to modernise and get many more years from a filter, consider swapping to activated filter media (AFM) which is made from green glass. Although the initial outlay for AFM is more than sand, people choose it because of its superior performance over other filter media – it filters 30% more organics. Also, it is bio-resistant and self-sterilising, making the pool system healthier, ecological and more economical to run.
Avoid the hotchpotch repair effect
In the course of our work, we have noticed the ‘hotchpotch effect’ emerging on older pool plants – it happens without clients noticing until the problem has gone too far! The hotchpotch effect is when plant equipment is replaced piecemeal. Small incidents occur, maybe pipework needs repairing here and there over several years, and different (more up to date) materials are used for repairs. Gradually the pipework starts to look like unsightly abstract art! While the aesthetics of the pipework may not seem important, it is indicative of an unplanned and probably more expensive approach to upgrading the plantroom. It is far better to take a long range view, have surveys say every five years, and plan upgrades to ensure you have the most effective, efficient, and dare we say it, attractive, plantroom.
Good luck with planning your pool upgrade.
If you have any questions about caring for your pool or spa call Chris Walker, Head of Servicing at London Swimming Pool Company - 020 8605 1255.