How to Keep Your Pool Pump Working Smoothly
Your swimming pool pump is the heart of your pool’s circulation system. If you care for it properly, it will keep working smoothly. However, there are a few basic operation and maintenance rules. Let’s look at a few:
- Regularly Clean the Pump Basket
The pump basket should be cleared out weekly and even more frequently during the fall and spring when there is more debris in the pool. If not cleaned regularly, the pool’s water flow will be decreased which means reduced filtration and ultimately, the increased chances of algae bloom.
- Don’t Run the Pump Too Little
To maintain water quality and safety, all the water in your pool should be filtered once a day. Depending on the gallons per minute your pump is moving, this usually takes 8 to 12 hours. If you reduce this time to save money on your utility bill, you can end up with a big algae problem on your hands and the need to spend more (than the initial utility bill savings) in chemicals and maintenance.
- Don’t Run the Pump Too Much
Some people believe in keeping a pump going 24/7. This might be necessary under certain conditions, but for most pools it’s not, causing unnecessary strain on the pool pump motor.
- Be Sure to Size the Pump Correctly
This is not difficult to get right. Simply take the following steps:
- Calculate how many gallons of water are in your pool,
- Calculate how many gallons per minute are required to filter all that water in 8 to 12 hours,
- Collect all the relevant figures,
- Consult the manufacturer’s pump performance charts to determine which pump meets the needs of your swimming pool.
Other common mistakes include:
- Running the pump dry, and/or
- Not replacing the shaft seal during motor replacement.
- In inground pool leak repair,
- Inground pool crack repair,
- Inground pool vinyl liner repair, and
- Inground pool pipe leak repair.