Pool Pump Maintenance Tips For First Time Pool Owners

Have you recently built a pool in your home? You must be nervous about how to keep it in excellent condition. One of the main components that are key to the performance of the pool is the pump. It is the heart of the pool's circulation system, and its primary role is to circulate water through the other components for proper filtration and sanitation. Thus, if the pump isn't working correctly, your pool won't either. With this in mind, here are four maintenance tips that should top your schedule.

Clean the Pump Filter Regularly

The pool pump circulates water through a filter to remove debris and any physical contaminants. Once the water is clean, the pump circulates it back to the pool. The filter is a critical component that should remain clean at all times. Failure to clean it can cause blockage, which will undermine its performance and promote bacterial growth. Clean the filter once a week and more often if there is a lot of debris around the area.

Run the Pool Pump Daily

You should run the pool pump daily, even if you don't use the pool that often. The pump is the heart of your system. When you add chlorine and other chemicals into the water, it is the pump that circulates them and ensures all the water is clean. It also traps debris and bacteria that are killed by the chemicals. Failure to run the pump for sometimes can encourage algae growth, affect the chemical balance of the water and lead to clarity issues. Your water will start to look clouded and unsightly. Thus, make a point of running the pump for a few hours every day.

Keep the Strainer Basket Clean

Your pool has a strainer basket that's located in the pool pump compartment. Its main role is to trap debris that you may have missed with the skimmer during routine pool cleaning. It also traps contaminants that may have travelled through the drains. Just like the filter, the skimmer should be clean at all times for it to work efficiently. If it clogs, it can cause blockage in the impellor as well, and this can cause circulation problems. Impeller blockage can also lead to damage of the blades and other components therein. 

Listen out for Unusual Noises

When your pool pump, you will quickly learn how it hums when it's in operation. One way to know things aren't okay is when the pump produces unusual noises. Listen out for unusually loud sounds, grinding noises or any other signs of distress. Check to see if the water is circulating correctly. If not, your pump requires immediate attention from an expert. You should shut it down to avoid further damage.

The state of your pool pump can affect filtration, clarity and chemical balance in your pool water. Schedule for regular professional maintenance to enhance the performance of the pump.