In today’s fast pace lifestyles, people always seem to be looking for the quickest or easiest ways to do something. This is apparent by the way we live our daily lives. For example, when my wife and I are sitting at home in the midst of a discussion that our opinions differ on, the quickest and easiest way to settle the difference of opinion is to look the answer up on the internet. Instead of going to the computer, to do this we grab for our phones. This is a perfect example of how we as americans want things “now”. It is no longer acceptable to have to go to the computer to get information. We would rather have that information readily available in our pockets. It used to be that at dinner time, one would have to physically prepare food. Now there is a restaurant on every street corner. These are just examples that demonstrate what I am saying. This same mentality is now crossing over into the inground swimming pool industry.
People are still wanting inground swimming pools, but either they are not too keen on doing the maintenance on them, or they just don’t have the time in their daily schedules. So what can be done? Obviously the water would have to be maintained in order to keep it clean, and the pool itself would surely get debris in it.
With the technology that is available today the swimming pool industry has seen dramatic shift in the way that people are maintaining their swimming pools. There are now systems that have been designed to clean the swimming pool so that you don’t have to. Paramount has developed a system that uses specialized returns, floor nozzles, and main drain to remove debris from your pool. This system basically eliminates the need to sweep the swimming pool. They have a few different versions of this system that have different levels of cleaning. I break it down a good, better, and best. The good version utilizes the specially designed main drain and a secondary safety drain to clean debris out of the pool. The better system uses those drains as well as the specially designed wall returns to direct debris to the main drain and remove it. The best version is when the main drain, wall returns and floor nozzles are being used together.
So lets break this down even further. The main drain that they have specially designed is called the MDX – R3. This is basically an over sized main drain that is capable of removing even large debris from your swimming pool. The way this works is by using a 4″ opening on the bottom of the drain. This then gets reduced to a 2 1/2″ pipe. All the debris that gets removed from the pool then gets deposited into a debris canister or it goes into your pump basket.
With this main drain it would be necessary to use the SDX secondary drain. This drain acts as a safety drain. It gets plumbed into the same line as the MDX- R3 so if something were to completely cover the MDX-R3 then the SDX is completely capable of taking on the full force of the pump. This way, whatever is covering the MDX-R3 can be removed easily.
The specially designed returns are called SwingJets. The SwingJets have ratcheting technology so they actually pop out pointing in one direction. They then go back in and when they come back out they point in a new direction. They ultimately have three different directions that they point to. For the system to work properly there would need to be multiple jets in a single pool. With multiple jets all working together they effectively push debris toward the main drain. If the pool were to only have these SwingJets and no in floor nozzles then you might find that the debris is settling in the center of the pool in a line up the slope. This would require you to simply brush the debris toward the main drain. To Eliminate this problem you would want the “best” version which uses the in floor nozzles.
The in floor nozzles are basically a type of return fitting that actually gets installed in the floor of your pool. There would typically be a few of them strategically located in your pool and would effectively force the debris to the main drain to be removed.
These systems are designed to take the work off the shoulders of the homeowners. However this still leaves the problem of treating the water. For some people this is not that big of a deal, however there are others that don’t want to even mess with it. For this reason there have been products designed to treat the pool water so that you, the homeowner do not have to. I say that, however they don’t completely take the human element out of it. There are two particular products available that when combined they make your pool sparkling clean, and crystal clear. They are the Clear O3 and Ultra UV.
These units work together to kill 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses in you pool water. As I said, they work well together but the way they kill bacteria and viruses is completely different. The Clear O3 system injects ozone into the filter system by way of the pump. The Ultra UV uses Ultra Violet Radiation to sanitize the water. The Clear O3 Unit will mount near the filter system and actually has a small hose that runs to the pump where it injects the ozone. The Ultra UV will actually get plumbed into the system so that water will run through it where it will pass by an ultra violet lamp allowing the UV rays to kill any viruses or bacteria in the water.
As I said these systems will allow for the bare minimum of work to be done by the homeowner in regard to water sanitation. However there will still need to be some residual chlorine in the water to take care of any excess “filth”. This simply means that from time to time you would have to add some chlorine to the pool.
If you are interested in getting a swimming pool but have no desire to spend extra time taking care of it then you may want to look into these systems as they take a lot of the work out of owning a swimming pool. The Clear O3 and the Ultra UV can be installed after the pool has been built, however the good, better, and best Paramount in floor cleaning systems will really need to be installed at the time that the pool itself is installed.
For more information regarding the Clear O3, Ultra UV, and the Paramount in floor cleaning systems please check out Paramounts website here http://www.paramountpoolsystems.com/