Swimming pool filtration systems consist of several major components, connected by pipes whose quality directly impacts the longevity of the pool installation. One slow leak in a pool’s plumbing system can pose a major concern for your pool deck, and if left undetected, can lead to a total failure of the pool pump system. To make sure you get the best durability out of your pool, pool pump and the hardscape surrounding your pool, opt for a Unilock Authorized Contractor who is skilled in the field of pool building.
Pool pipe materials
A variety of pool pipe materials are used for swimming pool construction. The ideal choice for pool plumbing is the rigid PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe. Other materials, such as metal plumbing are usually not used because of their smaller diameter. ABS pipes are easy to find but should be avoided due to insufficient durability. A PVC pipe with a schedule 40 is optimal for pool plumbing – schedule referring to the thickness of the pipe walls. PVC pipes are also available in schedule 80 and 20. The former are usually used for central vacuum installation. The schedule 40 and 80 can usually only be sourced from specialized plumbing suppliers, which is another reason why a knowledgeable and well-connected contractor is so important.
Flexible PVC hoses, which are not pipes per se, are among the most commonly used plumbing materials for swimming pools and hot tubs. However, the flex PVC does not surpass the rigid PVC pipe in terms of durability for heavy-duty applications.
Another type of pipe material is the Chlorinated PVC pipe which is made for higher heat resistance. This type of pipe is usually used in specific areas such as inlet and outlet ports on pool heaters, to prevent melting. If your pool plumbing does not consist of high-quality, rigid PVC pipes, you may want to consider having the setup replaced before your pool patio is renovated.
Pipes and Chlorine
If the pipe material can resist chlorine damage, the plumbing system is more likely to remain intact for years to come. For optimal durability, a Unilock Authorized Contractor may recommend a 2” PVC pipe which will endure the pressure of powerful pool pumps, and ensure a good flow and smooth operation. However, for specific applications, your Unilock Authorized Contractor will be able to advise on and implement adjustments to your pool plumbing system.
Leave Pool Plumbing to a Unilock Authorized Contractor
Pool plumbing repairs might often require more than just replacing leaking fittings or valves. The best way to prevent pool problems that can pose a risk to the structure of your pool is to leave pool plumbing to the professionals. Pool plumbing is specialized work, and while many companies offer these services, Unilock Authorized Contractors have been trained, certified and vetted by Unilock to ensure that their workmanship is of the highest quality.
Choose Your Pool Deck Pavers
With your pool plumbing in check, you can start focussing on generating ideas for your pool deck. Unilock pavers, such as Umbriano offer a strong and durable surface that is not affected by the chlorine or salt. Head to your nearest Outdoor Idea Center to see the displays, gather ideas, talk to the knowledgeable staff and grab some free samples as you prepare for the addition of your new pool deck.
The title image features an Umbriano pool deck.