How to Install a Swimming Pool Booster Pump

The pool booster pump is an essential part of your pool. It keeps the system clean and healthy, providing with a long life of refreshing swimming pool use. Follow the simple steps below to effectively install a booster pump on your own.

Tools and Materials

  • 2 hose adapters
  • 2 hose clamps
  • 6-foot filter hose
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Ground fault interrupt circuit
  • Heavy-duty return flow hose
  • Pump
  • Pump base 
  • Teflon tape

Step 1 – Choose the Right Pump

The power of your pump will depend on the size of your pool. Keep this in mind before buying one. For instance, 24-foot round pools need a 1-horsepower pump and larger styles need 1½-horsepower pumps.

Step 2 – Locate the Pump

Before locating the pump, remember that electrical installations have to be done, so don’t forget to disconnect the power. Now, locate the pump near the pool in a ventilated and accessible place, in order to prevent overheating. Place the pump on a platform to avoid potential flooding and make sure its location won’t be a hazard to people walking by.

Step 3 – Attach the Pump to a Base

With your new pump, you’ll find a pump base. Attach it with 2 bolts. Some manufacturers design the pump base to be attached to a canister base. If that’s your case, attach the canister base with bolts.

Step 4 – Screw In Plastic Adaptors and Valve

Screw the plastic hose adaptor to the input and output ports of the pump. For a tight fit, use tape on the threaded ends. This is a really simple procedure. You can use your hands instead of using wrenches, which could crack the plastic. Now, screw the plastic gate valve to the hose adaptor in the input port.

Step 5 – Attach the Filter and the Return Flow Hose

After screwing in the gate valve, attach the 6-foot filter hose to it. Then, attach the other end to the hose adapter located in the base of your skimmer. Now, make sure to attach the heavy-duty return flow hose to the output port of the pump.

Step 6 – Secure All the Connections

Secure all hose connections using hose clamps. This step is simple. Place the hose clamp around the hose, as if it were a collar, and tighten the screw on the clamp using a screwdriver. You have to tighten them as hard as you can so that they won’t fall out due to pressure or filtration.

Step 7 – Test the Pump

Finally, attach the hose to the filter canister and restore power to start testing your pump. If it’s not working, check all the connections and retry.