What You Should Do to Prolong the Life of Your Swimming Pool's Pump


Even though swimming pools offer great entertainment for your family and visitors at home, you are bound to run into a few challenges when using them. One of these challenges is the need to care for and maintain the various components of the pool, particularly the pump. The pump comprises an electric motor, strainer basket and the pool filter to facilitate its primary function of circulating water to and from the pool. If proper care is not given, you will have to deal with costly repairs, and you may not be able to optimise the life of your pump. Here is what you can do for an efficient and durable pool pump:

Pump Wiring

Since swimming pool pumps rely on electric power, electrical problems are among the many things that can shorten the life of your pump. You need the right combination of electrical components to ensure that the pump can handle the water load in your pool. During installation, check the voltage rating of the cables used for the pumps wiring and make sure that they are capable of transferring the required amount of power to the mortar. This will prevent frequent mortar failure caused by the supply of inadequate current to the mortar.

Protection against Moisture

Not all components of your pool's pump work well when they are exposed to moisture. For instance, moisture can lead to a short circuit in the mortar, necessitating costly repairs. To add on that, moisture also encourages the corrosion of the metallic components of the pump. Therefore, you need a waterproof cover for your pool's pump to prevent the inadvertent infiltration of water to components that shouldn't come into contact with moisture.

Cleaning the Pump's Strainer Basket

The pump's strainer basket filters the water before it reaches the pump. It has to let enough water through to the pump so that the motor keeps running. This is necessary to sustain the flow of water back to the pool. For this reason, you should get rid of any dirt and debris obstructing the flow of water in the skimmer's opening. First, turn off the pump and the pool heater (if it has one) and shut the all the drain valves to the pool. If the pump is submerged in the pool, then shut off the filter valve as well. Thereafter, remove the pump's lid and clean strainer basket with a jet of water from a hosepipe. A clean strainer basket keeps your motor from overworking and overheating.   


20 July 2016

Salt Water Pools: Pros, Cons and Analyses

Welcome to my blog. My name is Katie, and due to a sensitivity to chlorine, I converted the pool in my yard to a salt water pool. Through the process, I studied a lot about these pools, and I learned their various pros and cons. If you are thinking about installing a pool or hot tub in your yard, you should think about salt water. I invite you to get comfortable and explore this blog. I hope these posts encourage, inspire and inform you so that the next time you are ready to get wet, you have the pool you want and need.