Anyone interested in building an infinity pool understands that the pipes cannot be installed haphazardly. There are rules and logic to follow.
A plan for connecting the pool
What is the purpose of pool piping?
Well-designed pool piping ensures efficient filtration and impeccable water quality. This includes the installation of filtration equipment in the plant room and the connections between the various inlets and outlets in the pool. The filtration system is closed even if the pool overflows.
Pool builders should make piping layout, why don't they?
In most cases, swimming pools are skimmer pools. These pools have a filter and pump, but fewer pipes than infinity or zero edge pools. Because of this, the workers who build or install them are already familiar with the filtration system and do not need any drawing.
The benefits of having a pool piping layout
Using our pool plumbing installation layout, plumbers without prior pool experience or even DIY enthusiasts can install pipes and fittings in the pool. Our customers have appreciated being able to participate in the hydraulics of their pool construction.
The piping design leaves the owner with the installer’s choice: pool builder, general plumber, craftsman, etc. All solutions are possible. The final goal is, of course, to negotiate the installation of the pool filtration as inexpensively as possible and to make substantial financial savings.
As an additional benefit, knowing the fluid network’s detailed layout can always be helpful. Owners have, if they wish, the knowledge to purchase the necessary equipment on their own.
Designing the piping plan for your pool
The drawings will always be tailored to your pool’s size, shape, and specifications (frequency, usage, etc.) as with all of our services. The starting point is always a ground plan drawn up by your architect or us. Rather than a standard diagram or a standard plan, this is a drawing that details how the plumbing in the pool and from it to the plant room will be installed.
On our piping layout you will find
- The two types of inlets in the masonry of the pool: return and suction inlets, as well as the main drain.
- PVC pipes must be specified by their diameter and thickness.
- PVC fittings: Elbows and tees.
- Specific pipes for equipment such as counter-current swimming, a jacuzzi bench or a cleaning system integrated into the pool floor.
Basically, it consists of all parts that form a circuit between the pool and the plant room, where the pump, filter, and other equipment – such as heaters, water treatment systems – are located.
Attention: some important elements not mentioned here are not an oversight but a protection against abusive copies.
How do we design the hydraulic circuit of your pool?
We first calculate the filtration flow rate according to the volume of the pool and the length and type of overflow. From there, we figure out the number of return inlets. Although the cleaning robot completely aims to replace the manual vacuum, we always install a vacuum socket; you never know what might happen.
Each pipe and inlet in the pool should be indicated on the ground plan; their location and number should not be random. In the example below, the colors indicate whether the pipe is suction or return.
To ease the installer’s work, the drawing shows not only the positions of the inlets and outlets, but also those of the fittings that connect the pipes together; this allows us to obtain a proper balance in the water flow.
As a result, it is easy to transfer the measurements to the bottom or walls of the swimming pool. It is important to consider where the swimming pool is in relation to the plant room.
For pipes that connect to the inlets on the wall of the pool, we use a pool section drawing. We do the same for spotlights, whose locations are clearly outlined.
How do we design the hydraulic circuit of your pool?
To start, we calculate the filtration flow rate according to the volume of the pool and the length and type of overflow. From it, we deduce the number of return inlets. Although the cleaning robot aims to replace the manual vacuum, we always install a vacuum socket; you never know!
From the above specifications, we draw each pipe and each inlet on the ground plan; their location and number in the bottom or walls of the pool should not be random. The example below shows that colours differentiate between the suction and the return pipes.
To facilitate the installer’s work, we indicate the dimensions of each part and those of the tees allowing to connection pipes between them; one thus obtains a perfect balance in the flow of the water arriving at each nozzle.
The transfer of these measurements to the bottom or walls of the pool is easy. Of course, the layout of the pipes considers the position of the pump room with the swimming pool.
For the pipes connected to the inlets in the pool walls, we use a pool section. The same applies to spotlights, whose locations are clearly defined.
Beyond the pool piping drawing
After completing the masonry design and the hydraulic layout, we draw the plant room installation as follows:
- Filter unit location, i.e., location of filter and pump,
- As well as valve and fitting placement
- Among others.
Over the course of our 30 years of experience in the construction of overflow pools, we have learned that plans are not always sufficient; sometimes, questions remain unanswered:
- How should I ensure that every pipe running through the ground is adequately glued before pouring the pool bottom slab?
- How should I choose an inlet?
- When you mention PVC pressure, what quality do you mean PN10 or PN16?
- Et cetera
An advice file, based on our experience, has been created to answer these questions. It provides you with the best practices for building your overflow pool in the best conditions.