How to Prolong the Life of Your Pool Pump

by Pool Builders on 08-31-2010 in Articles

Swimming pool pump plays a vital role in the maintenance of the pool. It serves as the heart of the pool system. Without it, water-flow will not work out well. Pool pump is a pool equipment that is used to maintain the proper flow of water in the pool and through the other pool equipment. Aside from that it is also responsible in the constant distribution of pool chemicals in the water.

Having a pool is a very valuable investment. That is why maintaining its good condition should never be a second option for pool owners. Pool owners should also have to invest in durable yet affordable pool supplies that will help them in keeping their pool clean and in good condition.

To prolong the life of your pool pump you have to give it proper care and attention. It should not be an excuse that what pool pump you have in your home is made from the most durable materials for you not to take good care of it. Of course even the toughest thing also needs to be properly maintained. To keep your pool pump in good condition, keep in mind these steps:

1. Turn it off
Whenever you are going to clean any pool equipment that uses electricity, it is a must to turn if off first. Also close the main drain, skimmer and vacuum lines. To release the pressure that has built in your filter, just open the air relief valve.

2. Check the strainer basket
Strainer basket is where dirt and debris are filtered. You have to clean it out by removing all the dirt that has accumulated in it. Check if there are any damages or broken parts in the surface of the basket. Make sure it is in good condition upon proceeding to the next step. When you noticed that there are broken parts, repair it immediately. Also check the impeller of the pump to make sure there is no debris left in it.

3. Restore the basket
After the checking, replace the basket and fill the strain with water using a garden hose. To make sure the strain has a good seal, replace lid properly. Lumps should also be tightened using your hands. Avoid using wrench that might damage or break the lumps.

4. Turn on the pump
Turn on first the pump followed by only one suction valve. Wait for the pump to grasp its prime and get a good flow of water. It the pump still doesn't catch its prime, close the first valve and turn off the pump. Repeat this step until the pump catches its prime.

5. Turn on the next line
Once the water flows properly on the line, open the next suction valve. Check the air and if you noticed that prime starts to lose, turn off the valve immediately. This is done to avoid losing the prime while closing down the valve. DO this step with the other lines.

Always remember that keeping the good condition of your pool pump will give long years of stable function in your pool. You can always enjoy every pool bathing time with your family and friends knowing that your pool is clean and safe to use.

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