The pool pump is one of the most important components of your swimming pool. It functions by drawing water out of the pool, running it through a filter, and pumping it back into the swimming pool, pristine and crystal clear. Without it, you’ll soon be swimming in murky, debris-filled water.
Given its vital role in keeping your pool clean, you should take great care to keep in in tip-top shape. How can you prolong its lifespan? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Keep the Strainer Clean
Pool pumps come with a strainer basket, a component that catches the large debris in your pool, such as twigs and leaves. If you don’t clean it out regularly, though, the detritus will block the flow of water into your pump, causing it to work harder than necessary—a sure way to shorten your pump’s life.
Check the Pool Impeller
The pool impeller sucks water into the pump so it can be filtered. However, if the strainer basket is broken, the debris it should have been catching can instead clog the impeller. Similar to the previous item, this will also place undue stress on your system.
Keep it Covered
A pool pump already does a strenuous job, so keep it in the shade to prevent the motor from overheating. Also, be sure that there is enough ventilation around it and that lint is not blocking the ventilation openings.