Installing an In-Ground Pool Pump

What You'll Need
PVC pipe
PVC pipe cutter
Pipe sealant

The in-ground pool pump is part of the complex system that makes our swimming pools work. Here you will find the electric-powered impeller that pushes the water to different drains leading to the pool. Installing an in-ground pool pump is something that you can do on your own. Usually there is a need to do this when the pool pump has to be replaced. It might be because you have decided to switch to one that uses less energy. In any case, the steps to installing this are really simple.

Step 1: Take Out the Old Pool Pump

Before you take the old pump out, you first have to turn off all electrical power going to it. The breaker box is where this is controlled. You can double check whether the power is off or not by attempting to turn on the pool pump. If you do not succeed, this means that the power has been shut off. If it does work, you have pulled the wrong switch and should try others. Once you have made sure that the power is off, loosen the water lines of the pool pump and cut off the PVC pipes leading to it. Check behind the motor to find the power adapter and disconnect this. Now you can remove the pool pump from its setting.

Step 2: Using the New Pool Pump

Get the user's manual found with your new pool pump kit and go through the instructions stated there. Position the new in-ground pool pump in the same place the old one used to be. Get the water lines connected once more. Take the PVC pipes you have cut off and put some sealant on them. Screw these on to the intake hose of the pump.

Step 3: Seal with Cement

Create a mixture of cement and apply it on the ends of the connecting hoses going to the pool pump. This is done by twisting them and sliding. All this should be done prior to the cement drying up.

Step 4: Connect to the Pump

Use a screw-like compression fitting to connect the new pump to the pool's return system. Disconnect the lines that used to be connected to the old pump using the PVC cutter.

Step 5: Create New Pipe Lines

Create another pipe line connecting the pump and the filter. Use the PVC pipes, sleeves and elbows for this. Add a layer of primer inside the sleeves and let them dry. Then, place some PVC adhesive on the same area you have primed and push the elbows inside. Twist them around to let the adhesive spread. Wait for it to dry.

Step 6: Power Reconnection

Once you have done all the steps above, you can now reconnect the power to your pool pump. Take the power adapter from the old pump and place it on the new one. Go back to the breaker box and turn the power on from there.