18 November 2016
What to consider when planning your plantroom
Today we look at where to locate the ‘beating heart’ of the swimming pool – the plantroom which stores all the equipment that controls the pool's operation and ensures it performs efficiently around the clock. Making sure you understand its function and spend time considering its location, size, access and other features is time well spent. In this blog, we look at the most important considerations for the plantroom when planning a new pool.
Ideally, your pool’s plantroom should be located with its floor at least level with the water line: ideally, it should be below water level with the pumps always below the pool water level. There are two reasons for this. First, it will mean the water circulation system will operate most effectively, and second, it will need much less suction pipework installation. Of course, there will be various limitations on its location depending on the size of your pool hall or outdoor space, the shape of the pool as well as its depth, but the basic rule of thumb holds: the deeper the better.
Exactly how big the plantroom needs to be will depend entirely on the size of the pool, but making it as large as possible given the other constraints will be worth it in the long run. As well as making space for all the necessary equipment and storage of spare pool chemicals, the bigger it is, the easier it will be to allow for the following three considerations to be taken care of effectively.
It is very important that the plantroom is easily accessible, as there will be a need for regular maintenance, and you also need to take into account that over time some parts will need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear caused by the necessary use of chemicals to treat the water. Easy access will be needed for such work. While the thought of dedicating space for an access hatch by the deep end of your pool may seem unappealing, there are certainly ways to make it an attractive part of your pool hall.
Personal protective equipment
One thing that often gets overlooked in the planning of a pool plantroom is making space for and including personal protective equipment. These are things such as goggles, gloves, aprons and shoe coverings for use when dealing with and handling the pool chemicals. Including an emergency, first aid kit is also a good idea, and if there’s space for it, a sink with clean running water can be beneficial.
Some equipment in a pool plantroom can generate noise, so considering ways to suppress or block out that noise from your pool hall is important. Adding a layer of sound insulation around the inside of your plant room will reduce or eliminate background noise – this is especially useful if you want your pool area to be a calm, quiet, relaxing space where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool design, construction and refurbishment, so if you need advice on a brand new pool, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice.