The Role of the Swimming Pool Pump

by Pool Builders on 08-30-2011 in Articles

One of the most important steps in maintaining a swimming pool is to ensure a properly working filter and pump system. The pump is responsible in circulating water in the pool and in evenly distributing chlorine or other cleaning chemicals all over the pool. The filter keeps debris from entering the pump so that the pump system continues to run smoothly. Without a properly working filter and pump system it will be impossible to keep your swimming pool clean.

How do pool pumps work?

Pool pumps work through a small-sized motor which powers up the entire unit. The motor of the pump creates suction and propels the water down along the main drain of the pool. The main drain leads to several pipes, which eventually leads to the filter. As the water passes through the filter, leaving debris and particles behind, it is guided back into the pool through a jet located underwater.

How do I choose one for my pool?

There are many types of pumps available for swimming pools, all with different flow rates and water head rates or resistance to flow. To choose a pump that is a good fit for your swimming pool, you will need to take into account the recirculation system of your pool first of all, so you will know whether you need a powerful pump or a smaller one. This will give you an idea as to your desired flow rate, often determined in GPM or Gallons per Minute. The minimum flow rate in GPM allows the pump to move the water from the pool into the filter within a specific time. Not only do you need to determine how much water needs to be moved or circulated. You also need to consider on how fast the water needs to be moved and how much resistance the flow is up against.


To maintain your pool pump, regular cleaning is necessary. Weekly cleaning is advised as debris and other particles can build up over the course of a week within the filter. A blocked filter will lead to a poorly functioning pump system, which is something you don't want if you plan on keeping a well-maintained pool.

A durable and well-built pump, like the Wayne Water Systems 1-1/2 HP Pool Pump, is an excellent choice for standard residential swimming pools. It is a self-priming pump fitted with thermoplastic parts which resist temperature changes and corrosion. With proper maintenance, especially on a weekly basis, you can expect your pump to work consistently, keeping your pool well-aerated and clean.

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