Pump Maintenance for Your Inground Swimming Pool

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When it comes to inground swimming pools, pump maintenance is necessary. Instead of begrudging it, it is time to just get the work done. Your pool is a beautiful investment so you want to make sure it stays in great condition.

Pump Maintenance Needs

If you are new to pool ownership you will need to know how to clean the pump basket and how to clean the skimmer basket. These are the main things you need to know with pump maintenance.

Skimmer Basket Cleaning

Turn off your pool, remove the skimmer lid and make sure to remove the skimmer basket and empty it out. Put the basket back into the skimmer with the lid on and turn the system back on. Easy!


Pump Basket Cleaning

Both your pool clean pump and your pool heater need to be off. If the heater was recently operating you want to wait at least 5-10 minutes for the heater to cool down before you turn off the pool pump. Close your skimmer and the main drain valves.

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If your pool pump is below the water level make sure you turn the filter valve to the closed option and remove your pump lid. You can easily use your garden hose to wash the basket. Make sure you check that your basket is not brittle or it will easily break. It’s easier to clean the basket if you just let the contents dry and then dump it in the trash. Keep a spare basket on hand so you can switch it out while the other one is drying.

If the pump basket is damaged just go ahead and replace it as you don’t want any headaches. If it is all good to go, go ahead and re-install your pump basket. Some baskets will twist-lock in place but make sure that you don’t over-tighten the basket trying to make it lock.

Inspect your pump lid and o-ring for cracks or damage and put some lubricant on the pump lid o-ring if needed. Now you can put the pump lid and o-ring back but you do not want to over-tighten this piece either. Check the filter vow to ensure it is in the “filter” position.

Open the main drain valve all of the way as well as the air relief valve on the pool filter and turn the pool pump on. Once the pump has caught a prime you can open the remaining skimmer valves but make sure to do it one at a time.

Once you see a steady stream of water out of the air relief valve you can close the valve. Turn your pool cleaner pump and heather back on and you’re back in business.

Pump Maintenance Conclusion


Now you have it with your pump maintenance for your inground pool. It’s not hard to do and now you can easily do it yourself. Of course, there is the option of hiring someone to do your pump maintenance if you can’t be bothered with it.



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