The pump is virtually the heart of your swimming pool's circulation system. Its sole purpose is to pull water from the pool through the skimmer and main drain. The water is then pushed through the filter and returned to the pool through the main returns. Just like the equipment for your home needs attention, the equipment for your swimming pool also requires routine maintenance. Let's take a look at some easy steps that will help keep your pool's pump in prime condition.
KEEP THE MOTOR DRY
Of course, all pool pumps are designed to be outside and to manage huge amounts of water. However, the pump motor needs to be kept dry. Avoid direct moisture on the motor as flooding the motor can cause permanent damage. For example, don’t use a hose to hose down your pump. When your pump needs cleaning, use a clean paintbrush or dust broom to brush away any debris that may be blocking the vents. Use a damp cloth to wipe the surface of the motor when needed. Check for moisture leaks from seals or pipe joints. An early indication that water has gotten to your motor is a loud screeching or squealing sound, pay attention to the sound of your pump.
Air circulation is essential for your pump. There needs to be enough air circulation and airflow around the pump for optimal operation. Having adequate airflow allows the motor to cool down as needed, preventing over-heating. In addition, see to it that your pump is free and clear from grass, weeds, and any other debris.
SEALS, O-RINGS, and GASKETS
The O-rings, gaskets, and seals, although small, play a significant role in maintaining your pool pump. Making sure these are all in prime condition is important because, for example, as the shaft seal wears out, water can seep through to the motor and cause damage. This can be a costly leak.
CLEAN YOUR PUMP BASKET
You have to clean your pump basket regularly, at least once a week. Clogged baskets make it difficult and sometimes impossible for your pump to do its job. Water flow will be disrupted by a basket full of debris. Not only that, but you will not be able to achieve the turnover rate necessary to ensure that your water is filtered correctly.
If you pay attention to your pump and follow the tips above you shouldn't have any problems. That is, of course, if you also make it an annual habit to have your pump serviced by a professional. A great time to do this is in the spring right before peak use. Your seals, gaskets, O-rings also need replacing, the bearings need to stay lubricated, and the impeller and diffuser need regular inspection.
As you can see, your pump needs consistent attention. These small tips will save you time and money and keep your pump in prime condition.
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