It's a question we hear often. "Should we build some sort of structure over the pool equipment?"
First of all, you do not have to enclose your pool equipment (pump, filter, heater). A lot of people camouflage it with landscaping or a small fence, so that is not visible. Pool equipment is designed to be outdoors. As long it is taken care of and properly winterized at time of pool closing, it need not be covered.
Some people do enclose the equipment, for these main benefits:
- Protection from the elements
- To not hear the equipment
- To not see the equipment
- Added storage room
Types of Pool Enclosures
One type of enclosure is a shed structure with some louvered ventilation to conceal your pool equipment. Sheds can be purchased almost anywhere, for a few hundred dollars. Corrugated aluminum, non-wood laminate or wood fiber
Another type of enclosure is a pool house. This has a ventilated room for your pool equipment, which is usually in a divided room, with a separate room for storage of chemicals and supplies. You may even add a bathroom to the pool house. There are many different ways to design a pool house.
Another way would be to hide your pool equipment pad with an enclosed fence and door or a concrete structure, with a door and with or without a roof.
Finally, if you do not have a gas heater or heat pump, you can build a lean-to structure, which is basically a slanted roof over your pump and filter, with one or more open sides.
No matter type of structure you choose, make sure it is eye appealing if exposed and always well ventilated with complete access to all equipment in case of repairs.
Gas pool heaters must be vented properly. Consult the owner's manual for specific instructions - gas heaters emit carbon monoxide and can be deadly without proper ventilation and exhaust.
Heat pumps also need good air flow to operate properly. Allow for 24" of space around a heat pump, and the exhaust should be unobstructed, or no roof over top of it. You could still enclose a pool heater or heat pump, if done so properly, with open sky above.
Proper air flow is necessary for both gas heaters and heat pumps, ventilation calculations must also be done to ensure that the heater can draw enough air in for proper operation.
Pool Supply Storage
Depending on the size of the enclosed area, you may be able to store a winter pool cover and supplies, pool cleaning supplies, pool cleaner, pool floats and many other related pool accessories. Some pool chemicals can also be stored in the equipment room as long as they are stored on the opposite side of the pool equipment, excluding muriatic acid and chlorine - any acids and any chlorinated products.
You'll want the supply storage area to be plenty large, because whatever is stored (pool furniture, umbrellas, hoses, etc.) must not interfere with your pool equipment, or reduce air flow.
Pool Equipment Enclosure Design Considerations
- Ventilation is very important, even if there is no heater. A cross breeze will help reduce moisture problems.
- Size is also important. Allow room to service equipment easily, make repairs, and allow for future expansion.
- Separate space for chemicals is recommended, to reduce oxidation to metal equipment.
- Location is important. Make sure your equipment is in a convenient area that's easy to get to.
Any questions that you have concerning pool equipment enclosures, or any other concerns about DIY inground pool kits please call our SPP experts to assist you. We can be reached at 1-800-983-7665
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