Swimming pool pumps serve as the backbone of swimming pool cleaning systems. In addition to their own filtration system, automatic pool cleaners can be attached to their intake ports to offer more thorough cleaning. These pumps are extremely reliable and rarely break down. However, consistently
1. Cleaning the Baskets:
Swimming pool pumps have two types of baskets which are designed to capture medium to large pieces of debris. Be sure to clean out the skimmer baskets which are located along the edges of the pool over plastic covers. Also, check the pump basket located near the pump and clean it out. Cleaning these baskets is easily done by tipping them over and tapping out the debris. Chemicals are not needed.
2. Monitor the Pressure:
Your pool pump should have a pressure gauge which shows you how much pressure is in the system. When the gauge reads 10 units above the optimal pressure (as determined by your pump’s manual), there is a good chance that a clog exists. Also inspect the return flow for signs of slowed water. The common cause for these symptoms is that the pool filter needs to be cleaned out. Cartridge pool filters are easily removed, cleaned and replaced.
3. Inspect the Pool Water:
If the water is not completely clear, the pool pump filter may be clogged, causing particles to be returned to the water. Again, clean the filter and wait for several hours to see signs of improvement.
4. Debris in Tubing:
Debris can accumulate within the tube that connects the impeller to the pump basket. To clean out this tubing, remove the cover from the basket and use a pipe cleaner to pull out debris from the connected pipe. If you can see or feel the impeller, check to make sure it is not wobbling in its casing. A loose impeller can create a loss in suction and should be repaired or replaced.
5. Motor Sounds:
Pool pump motors, as by nature, noisy. A continuous loud hum is perfectly normal for these types of pool pumps. However, certain noises can be a sign of damage within the pool pump. Specifically, whining or grinding noises are not a good sign. Fortunately, the pump can be easily removed and taken to a pool professional for repair. If you inherited a damaged pool pump when purchasing a home, diagnosing problems yourself can help reduce potential costs.