Your swimming pool pump is an important part that helps maintain the quality of your pool. This pump is actually the heart of the plumbing system. This involves an electric motor that spins an impeller that is located inside the pump housing. This impeller is the one that drives the water from the different drains in the pool. It then lets the water into the filter to be cleaned before it sends it back out to the water inlet.

You need to ensure that this pump is maintained regularly for it to accomplish its task. Otherwise, you might have a problem getting it to run properly. After all, it circulates gallons of water every week. It will break down from wear and tear. While it usually lasts for 8 years or so, it will probably have a shorter lifespan if you do not take care of it.

Here are some tips that you need to follow in order to maintain the swimming pool pump.

  • Start by sweeping around the pump. You want to ensure that no debris will be lying around it. If the wind blows some of the debris into the pump, it might damage something. So better remove it, to begin with.
  • Remove the dust from the vents. This will keep the fans clear.
  • Clean the filter. This is the part of the system that separates the dirt and debris from the water before it is sent back out to the pool. That means it gets filled with hair, debris, dirt, and other things. You want to clear all of these out from the filter.
  • Check the system for leaks or any torn seals. You need to have these replaced before you can turn the pump back on.
  • Look at the pressure gauge. You have to make sure that the pressure of the water is not beyond what is recommended for the size of your pool. It might put unnecessary stress on the pipes.

You should also remember not to lubricate the motor of the pump – even if you think it is a good idea. It will damage the rubber seals of the system. Not only that, the lubricant might end up attracting debris or dirt. That can compromise the swimming pool pump.

It is also important that you know what the pump should sound like. It runs on the motor after all. It will make a sound. However, if it suddenly sounds different, you might want to check it out. Among the changes that you need to keep a lookout for is when it starts giving off a high-pitched sound or it is louder than the usual.

Schedule at least a weekly maintenance of your swimming pool pump. This will help you spot any problems early on. If you do it regularly, this will not really take you a long time to do – about an hour or less if you work fast. You will get used to the system that you can immediately spot any problems just by looking at the whole thing. In case there is a problem, you might only have to replace or repair a part of the system instead of the whole thing. That can save you a lot of money in the long run.