Pool pump basics | Expert maintenance tips

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As with any other machinery, maintaining a pool pump can greatly prolong its lifespan. You need to ensure that it's always working as it should be, because this is your pool's main piece when it comes to the pools plumbing system. It pumps gallons and gallons of water, pushing it though the pipes and ensuring the whole system is functioning as required. The least you can do is conduct a weekly check to ensure everything is running as expected. So if you've got a swimming pool pump, then here are some of the top maintenance practices you should have.

Clean it out

Cleaning prevents algae and mould from attacking your pump's interiors. It also guards against cobwebs and debris that can cause the pump to clog. Be thorough when doing your cleaning, and dust off the pump and its surrounding areas.

Also clean the filters to ensure that there is free flow of water through the pump. This will assist in reducing the effects of wear and tear on the pump. However, don't lubricate the motor. Applying lubricant on the pump only damages its seals and increase its chances of corroding and being damaged by debris.

Pressure gauge checks

Remember to check the pressure of the pump and ascertain that it is within normal bounds. Check your owner's manual for this, because different pumps have different recommended pressure levels. This reading normally depends on the pool size and pump's horsepower.

A few psi units off shouldn't alarm you, but once this number gets to above 10psi off, then you should get worried. Running at a higher pressure strains the pump, so the best move is to immediately backwash it and clean out the filters.

Check the basket and O-ring

Also clean out the strainer basket during your weekly maintenance. Depending on your pump's architecture, the basket's location may be different, so refer to your owner's manual.

While you're at it, also check on the O-ring or gasket. It's an elastomer loop with a round cross-section designed to create a seal at the lid of the pump. Look for any signs of deterioration or cracking, and if present, immediately replace the O-ring. Failure to do so may give rise to even more serious problems such as leaking. Usually, a worn out or cracked O-ring is characterised by a noisy sound as the pump runs. That should be your warning sign.

A frequent check of these parts will ensure you spot trouble way before it evolves into tougher problems. You'll not only be saving your pump from destruction but also maintain your pocket's healthy financial state.

For more information, contact a pool equipment supplier like Pooltime, or work with a local pool maintenance company.