Plant Room For Filtration Equipment
Equipment floor area
- All pools require a place to locate the filtration and sterilization equipment.
- This is usually greater than 3.5m from the pool but hopefully less than 10m from the pool.
- If the equipment is required to be closer to the pool than 3.5m the electrical rules require a 1.8m high wall between the pool and the electrical power points and equipment.
- Electrical power for the pump and other equipment is provided by an electrician to the pump and filter site.
- Usually two double power points are required.
- The filtration area or plant room requires a solid floor either brick paved or concreted to supply a solid base for the equipment.
- A standard 700mm sand filter with a pool pump requires a minimum of one metre by 1.5m of floor space.
- A slim line cartridge filter has a smaller base and requires approximately 1.0m x 0.7m.
- If the pool has a filter, pump, water feature pump, salt water chlorinator or liquid chlorine sterilizer the area increase to 2.0m x 1.0m.
- Add a heater either gas or electric and the area obviously increases further to 2.5m x 1.0m.
Recently we completed a swim jet pool and supplied a client with:
- 2 x swim jet pumps
- 1 x filter pump
- 1 x filter for pool
- 1 x circulation pump for the heater
- 1 x filter for heater line
- 1 x electric heater
- 1 x salt water chlorinator
- 2 x underwater lights
- 1 x automatic timer for the heater
- Aqualink remote control system
- The plant room area required was 3.0m x 1.5m
- This is an area for professional filtration installers.
- Most filtration suppliers have representatives to provide advice on layout and installation.
- Diagrams of the best layouts are provided by manufacturers on request.
- In most cases the companies have a sample filtration plant set up in their main offices to enable clients to see the actual product.
- A visit to see the equipment before purchase should eliminate surprises when the equipment is delivered.
- Your pool designer should be able to supply a detailed plan of the equipment layout prior to supplying pipework to your filtration area.
- The layout of the equipment will assist you in ongoing pool maintenance.
- The last thing a new owner wants is an untidy bundle of pipes and random distribution of equipment in the plant room.
- Backwash facilities to enable easy cleaning and a space for chemical storage should also be part of the area layout consideration.
- In summary modern slim line cartridge filters require less floor are than sand filters.
- An electric heat pump will require less space than a gas heater.