Install a Swimming Pool Pump in 4 Steps

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  • 4-8 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 230-700
What You'll Need
Box wrenches
Teflon tape
Pipe wrench
Pipe cutters or hacksaw

A swimming pool pump ensures that the water is filtered out before going back into the pool. Installing a swimming pool pump is not difficult so long as you take your time and follow the instructions.

Step 1 – Attach

Attach the pump to the motor with nuts and bolts. Attach the water line that is coming from the pool to the suction side of your pump. Place a diverter or shut-off valve on the side of the pump that suctions. Attach a line to the side of the pump with the outlet.

Step 2 – Connect

Connect the filter assembly of the discharge line from your pump using unions. Connect a flush valve on the side that is discharged of the filter. This will occasionally clean or back-flush your filter, redirecting all the water in the pool to another, outside area. Finish connecting with a shut-off valve and pipe that will return to your pool.

For best results, connect the shut-off valve on the discharge and intake side of your filter and pump so that they can be detached without any water being tapped from the pool. To make the repair or replacement of any piece on your pool simpler, install union fittings in between each piece of equipment.

Step 3 – How Your Pump Works

The pump is the very heart of the pool. With most pump systems, an impeller inside of an electric motor spins, forcing the water through different drains in the filter, then driving it back out into the water inlets. Before the water is sucked into the pump, it generally passes through a strainer that will trap larger debris that would clog up the pump. The pump then sends all of the water in through the filter, which will ensure that the water goes back into the pool safe and clean.

Step 4 – Swimming Pool Safety

Chlorine does not kill all germs, so do not swim if you are sick. For maximum safety, always bathe before entering a pool.

Ensure that poor or non-swimmers are always supervised when using the pool. Keep inflatable objects to a minimum as they can do more harm than good. Children can become trapped underneath a raft or other floating objects.

Consider using a public pool when sending your child out to go swimming. A lifeguard will be on duty and your child will have to take rest breaks.