Swimming pool pumps are integral to keeping the water clean in your pool. But the maintenance of a pool pump is vital to its lifespan. With summer in full swing, we thought we would offer some essential tips on how to maintain your swimming pool pump.
- Clean your swimming pool filter and pump basket
Swimming pool filters are in place to collect any unwanted debris that ends up in your pool. Keeping your filter clean and clear of any debris will help preserve the life of your pool pump. Debris that is collected in the filter could in time cause permanent damage to your pool pump. The basket on your pump collects larger items such as leaves or twigs that may end up in your pool. We recommend checking this weekly, as keeping the basket clean will extend the life of your pump.
- Make regular checks
Check your pump every week during busy periods of use. Listen for any irregular sounds that the pump may make and make sure it’s running smoothly. Air circulation around the pump is essential for the motor. Even if your pump is covered, make sure there is enough space around the motor to keep it ventilated.
- Check the water level
Make sure the water level of your pool is at least halfway above your skimmer box. If your pool pump begins to suck air for too long rather than water, it can do serious damage to the motor.
- Disconnect the pump out-of-season
When summer comes to an end it’s important to keep your pump away from the elements. Shut the pump down and completely disconnect from the pipes. Be sure to clean any dirt or debris from the pump to avoid lasting damage. It’s always a good idea to store your pump inside during the winter months to avoid any frost damage.
- Call a professional
It’s good practice to have your pool pump serviced by a professional at least once a year. Do this in the springtime before the busy summer periods to avoid interruption. There’s only so much you can do yourself to preserve the life of a pump’s motor and bearings. Unfortunately, no matter what you do, swimming pool pumps will break down. Sometimes a replacement pump is more cost effective than a repair. The Gibbons eBay store is best place to order a replacement pump.
If you need further advice on the maintenance of your pool pump, give us a call on 01621 868 138 or email email@example.com.