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1. PPM-Parts Per Million
2. PPB-Parts Per Billion
3. Chlorinator-is the device that converts salt water to chlorine
4. Filter- this is responsible for scrubbing the water and removing all large particles, dirt and oils
5. Pool Pump-this moves the water and is responsible circulating the pool water
6. Valves or diverter valves-these are generally before the pump inlet and after the chlorinator. They divert or direct the water in different directions.
7. Phosphates used by municipalities to protect pipes from chemicals added to water to keep it safe until it arrives at your house, can also be found in fertilizers for grass, these are algae food and if they get out of control they will cause a high chlorine demand in the pool.
8. Chlorine- is the sanitizer used to keep bacteria and algae from growing
9. Sulfuric Acid- Used to lower ph only sometimes referred to as no-fume
10. Muriatic Acid- Used to lower ph and alkalinity also much stronger than sulfuric acid
11. Bi-Carbonate or sodium bicarbonate is baking soda, which is used to raise Alkalinity
12. Skimmer- this is the cut out in the tile where the water flows in over a weir door and keeps the surface of the pool clean
13. Main Drain- this is the long skinny channel looking device in the bottom of the pool, some older pools have 2 round drains tied together in the ground under the pool, very old pools only have single round drain.
14. Vacuum line, Vac line, cleaner line, is a referred to as the hole in the wall where you can plug in an automatic robotic vacuum, this connection point is a dedicated pipe that runs back to the pump so the skimmer can clean the surface and the vacuum and clean the bottom of the pool simultaneously.
15. Returns are the directional fittings in the pool that push the clean sanitized water around the pool
16. Bubbler is the generally on a sun shelf or sun deck that push water straight up to create water movement on the surface
17. Laminars or Deck Jets are on the surface of the pool and have water shooting out of them into the air as a water feature
18. Sun shelf or sun deck is a raised area in the pool that looks like an oversized top step. You can put chairs on there so you can sit in the pool on a chair and not be full submerged
19. Swim out is the bench at the height of the second step in the deep end of the pool
20. Sheer decent is a fountain where water spills from in the raised tile line
21. Spa Jets or Hydro Jets or Therapy Jets are found in the spa and provide air and water combined together through a venturi system and hi pressure nozzle
22. Air blower pushes air through the lines to create more action at the spa jets
23. Spa return brings water back to the spa from the pool pump
24. Air button is a button on the patio near the spa step that will turn on the jet pump for the spa jets or turn on an air blower
25. Air relief is on top of the filter, this allows you to bleed off any air in the system after you clean the pump basket or filter
26. Pressure gauge is on top of the filter and tells you how much pressure is on the system
27. Pump basket located under the pump lid, it keeps large debris from getting stuck into the pump impeller
28. Skimmer basket is located in the skimmer and catches large debris before it gets to the