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The Basics


The heart of the pool's circulation system

The pump moves water through the filter, heater or heat pump, chlorine generator, water features, and plumbing. It can also power in-floor cleaning systems and automatic cleaners. A pool pump should circulate all pool water at least once a day. And efficiency is what counts. Greater efficiency means lower utility costs. The key to pump efficiency lies deep in the heart of the pump’s design. The secret is to minimize turbulence as water passes through the pump. Less turbulence means less energy and less noise.

If you're considering adding an automatic cleaner, ask your pool builder to recommend a pump with adequate power to handle the additional demands.

We Recommend:
Our revolutionary IntelliFlo® and IntelliPro® variable speed pumps. With the purchase you get:

  • Dramatic energy cost savings potential…up to 90% or more compared to conventional 1- and 2-speed pumps – Calculate your savings now.
  • Important layer of swimmer safety with integrated Safety Vacuum Release System—our new SVRS models detect drain blockage and automatically turn off the pump
  • Extraordinary pump life for even greater value
  • Better performance of water quality systems
  • Ability to maintain energy cost savings as equipment and accessories change
  • The quietest pool pump you can buy
  • An Eco Select™ brand product – signifies our “greenest” and most sustainable choice


Clean, Clear, Sparkling Water

By removing impurities such as dirt, leaves, grass, hair, body oils, sunscreen, and even many bacteria from the water, the filter keeps your pool water clean, clear and inviting. Once the pump collects water from your pool, it is cycled through your filter to be cleaned before it enters the heater or heat pump or returns to your pool or spa.

The filter should be sized to meet the requirements of your pool and the performance characteristics of the pump. Your pool builder or pool equipment dealer can recommend the proper filter/pump combination for your pool.

Three types of Pool Filters are available namely Sand, Diatomaceous earth (D.E.) and Cartridge Filters. More information can be found below:


Sand filters are one of the most popular ways to filter water. For good reason. They are simple, effective, and require very little attention. Pool water is routed through a sand-filled pressure vessel. Over time, dirt accumulates in the spaces between the sand particles causing the pressure in the vessel to rise as water finds it harder to pass through. This signals you to “backwash” the filter. Simply reverse the water flow and “knock out” the dirt.

We Recommend:
Our new ClearPro Technology® traps particles five times smaller than sand alone, delivering 60% cleaner water. ClearPro is only available on our most popular sand filters: Sand Dollar®, Tagelus® and Triton® II.

Diatomaceous earth (D.E.)

Filtering with D.E. filters results not only in clean water, but water that really sparkles. The secret is powdered prehistoric sponges that trap even the tiniest dirt particles. Even though particles smaller than 40 microns can’t be seen with the naked eye, large quantities of these microscopic contaminants have a very noticeable affect on water clarity. And D.E. strips them away.

D.E. filters not only filter better, they can make your life easier…if two goals are met. First is to maximize the filtration area. Because more filter area means much longer periods between cleanings. Second is to design a system that requires the least amount of pumping power to achieve a needed flow rate through the filter. Because lower pumping power means lower utility costs.

We Recommend:
Quad D.E.® and System:3® Mod D.E. filters combine the maximum filtration of a D.E. filter with the convenience and easy cleaning features of a cartridge filter. Plus, they are our Eco Select™ brand choices for D.E. filters.

Cartridge Filters

For top-end filter performance with the lowest maintenance, look at a cartridge filter. This proven design uses special fabric filter elements to strip particles from pool water with great effectiveness. Maintenance? Open the top. Remove the cartridge. Hose it off. What could be simpler?

We Recommend:
Clean & Clear® Plus and System:3® Mod Media™ cartridge filters handle 2-3 times more dirt than other cartridge filters to deliver maintenance-free performance for up to a full season. Plus, they are our Eco Select™ brand choices for cartridge filters.

Standard Pool Lighting

Light up your nights

Standard pool and spa lighting is a must for nighttime pool safety and enjoyment. But their usefulness doesn't end with simply illuminating darkened pools. Standard pool lights can also enhance your pool and spa's beauty and help create an inviting backyard environment after the sun goes down.

We Recommend:
Pentair’s AquaLumin® III and AquaLight® halogen and Amerlite® and SpaBrite® incandescent lighting have been the standard for reliability in underwater pool lighting for decades. In fact, they light over 3 million pools worldwide.

Maintenance Equipment & Accessories

Keep your pool clean and inviting

Routine pool maintenance will help you keep your pool looking clean, sparkling and inviting day after day. Having the right collection of pool maintenance products and accessories at your disposal helps cut pool maintenance chores down to size—leaving you more time to enjoy your pool with family and friends. Your builder will help you select the brushes and poles, hand skimmers, leaf rakes and traps, thermometers and test kits to keep you pool sparkling clean and ready to go.