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5 Tips to Prolong your Pool Pump’s Life

13,Mar 2019

Without a functioning pool pump, nothing else in your pool’s system will work. The pool pump is a crucial element to maintaining your pool, carrying the water from the pool to the filter, chlorinator, and heater so that it can be adequately filtered, heated, and sanitized before being put back into the pool.

At Swimming Pool Discounters, we have put together five tips for maintaining and protecting your pool pump to keep it running smoothly.

Use the Right Size Pump

If your pump is too big for the number of incoming pumps or the pipe size, they will be starved for water. If your pool pump is too small for the rest of the system, it will struggle against the resistance pressure. In both situations, the pump and the motor are worked over what they were designed for, leading to pump failure.

Be sure to contact the experts at Swimming Pool Discounters to find the right size pump for your pool. Our team of experts is available to answer any questions you may have.

Protect from Freezing Weather

It is essential to keep in mind that when water freezes, it expands in size by 9% which can result in the rupture of the strainer housing that can cause cracks that will require replacement. To avoid this, it is essential to keep your pump running during the colder months, keeping the water moving to avoid freezing. If you can’t run the pump, be sure to remove the pump drain plugs, filter plugs, chlorinator, etc.

Protect from Flooding

If your pump motor becomes submerged in water, it could cause irreversible damages resulting in the need for replacement. In some cases, a motor that has been partially submerged can be salvaged if taken apart and dried. If it was flooded while it was running, the motor is likely a loss. To avoid flooding, be sure to raise the pump away from the ground or dig down and lower the ground. It is crucial to make sure the water drains efficiently away from your pool pump during heavy rain by grading the land away from the pump and using gravel to reduce moisture.

If you live in an area where floodwater may be an issue for your pool pump, you can either use sandbags to create a barrier or remove the pump entirely until the water level receded.

Keep it Cool

Without proper air circulation, your pool motor can overheat while running. Keeping your motor cool will help it to last longer and avoid malfunction. To keep your pump motor cool, be sure to avoid putting the pump near plants, mulch, or enclosed spaces that could block airflow.

Also, avoid placing the pump in the direct sun, which can also raise the temperature of the motor. A pool pump motor is always hot to the touch when running, so it is essential to provide good air circulation and consider using a pump motor shield to block out direct sunlight.

Don’t Let It Run Dry

If a pool pump goes without incoming water for an extended period, it can end up blowing out the shaft seal and can begin leaking. A dry pump can also melt pump baskets and possibly deform the pump volute. Higher temperatures can cause the threads of PVC fittings that are threaded in and out of the pump to shrink, which will lead to air leaks on the inlet side and water leaks around the outlet.

Be sure to maintain the correct water level in your pool. It is also important to immediately resolve any air leaks on the suction cleaner hoses or incoming pipes. Also, make sure your pump lid is lubed and tight. Drain plugs should be Teflon taped and tight as well.

Contact Swimming Pool Discounters today to learn more about our wide selection of high-quality pool pumps and other pool accessories.