Swimming pool pumps

As the winter chill gradually fades away, it’s time to shift our focus to the much-anticipated arrival of the spring and summer months. This means getting your outdoor swimming pool ready for a season of relaxation and fun. In this guide, we’ll take you through essential steps to prepare your pool for the warmer weather, with a special emphasis on the critical checks for your pool pump.

Clean and Clear: Start by removing any debris, leaves, and twigs that may have accumulated during the winter months. Skim the surface and use a pool net to clear larger debris from the water. A clean pool is the foundation for a healthy and enjoyable swimming experience.

Check Water Chemistry: Before diving in, ensure your pool’s water chemistry is balanced. Test the pH, chlorine, and alkalinity levels using a reliable pool testing kit. Proper water chemistry not only ensures the safety of swimmers but also protects your pool equipment, including the pump.

Inspect and Clean Filters: Pool filters play a crucial role in maintaining water clarity and preventing contaminants from entering the pump. Remove and clean the filters, or replace them if necessary. Clogged filters can strain the pump and reduce its efficiency, leading to potential damage.

Evaluate Pool Pump and Motor: Now, let’s focus on the heart of your pool’s circulation system – the pump. Follow these steps to ensure it’s in good condition:

  1. Visual Inspection: Examine the pump and motor for any visible signs of damage, rust, or corrosion. Check the space around the pump to make sure it’s clear of any obstructions. Make sure the filter basket is clean and clear of any sticks, twigs, or other debris.
  2. Lubrication: If your pump has bearings, ensure they are well-lubricated. Refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the appropriate lubricant and application procedure. It is often recommended that you seek a professional to carry out this job though.
  3. Prime the Pump: Before starting the pump, ensure it is properly primed to avoid air pockets. Consult your pump’s manual for specific priming instructions.
  4. Run a Test Cycle: Turn on the pump and observe its performance. Listen for unusual noises, vibrations, or any irregularities. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage.

Invest in Energy Efficiency: Consider upgrading your pool pump to a more energy-efficient model. Gibbons Engineering stock a variety of pumps of different sizes for different pools. The Gibbons sales team will offer excellent advice on what pump you need for the size of your pool. If your pool pump is old and in need of repair, contact our rewinds and repairs service for advice. It is sometimes more cost-effective to replace a failed pool pump than repairing it though. The Gibbons Rewinds team offers free no-obligation advice on any failed equipment.

Preparing your outdoor swimming pool for the summer months is a good idea to avoid any disappointment. By paying special attention to your pool pump and conducting regular checks, you can guarantee an enjoyable experience for you and your family.

2024-03-11T15:46:18+00:00Pumps & Controls|
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