If you are lucky enough to have your own pool, then you know it takes some work to keep it swim ready. Being able to jump in whenever the mood strikes is the result of the time you have put in doing basic maintenance. The most important piece of equipment you have is the pool pump so it is essential that you take care of it. You do need to learn how to take care of it so read on to discover how to maintain a pool pump easily!
Cleaning of the strainer basket
Allowing debris to build up inside the basket can cause damage or stop the pump from working completely. One of the most common questions asked by pool owners is how often the basket needs cleaning. The answer depends on several factors, such as the flow rate of the pump, debris amounts getting into your pool, and the basket’s volume. Once you first get your pool, make it a habit to check the basket every day until you can decide what a reasonable cleaning schedule that works for you is. To clean out the basket, make sure the pump is switched off. Open the lid and remove anything found inside. Check the opening from the pump to the basket as well and remove any debris lodged there.
Checking the pump for air
If there are high levels of air making their way through the circulation system, the biggest risk is that the pump loses its prime. Since pumps are costly to replace, learning how to check your own will save you money in the end. Visually inspect the pump. Then you want to ensure that all unions or connections are tight. The o-ring located on the pump lid needs examining to be sure there is a proper seal. Look for signs of damage such as cracks or flat spots. If it is required, use a small amount of lubricant on the o-ring to keep it in optimum condition.
Beware of leaks
Leaks are a common problem so it is essential that you check on a regular basis and know what to look for. When leaks are coming from any of the plugs it usually only requires tightening to solve the problem. Another area where leaks may occur is the mechanical seal that separates the dry and wet parts of the motor. When this seal wears out or shows obvious cracks, it will need replacing. Replacement seals are inexpensive from any pool supply or hardware store and are easy to change. The threaded fitting, responsible for carrying water out of the pump, can also leak. Simply by changing to a high-temperature filter will solve the problem in almost every case.
The one area of the vent requiring basic maintenance from you is the motor vent. Its purpose is to keep the motor cool by allowing air to pass through the vents. This also prevents overheating of the motor itself. They tend to plug up with various pieces of debris so you need to remove anything that should not be there. Turn the motor off and remove any lint or build up of dust with your fingers. If you are having trouble getting into the hard to reach spots, pick up an old toothbrush to use as a scrubber.