How To Install A Pool Pump
As you plan your swimming pool construction, you need to consider a number of factors. These include the cost of the materials and maintenance as well as the electricity needed to make sure that your pool is properly functioning. One of the most important parts is to install pool pump. Pool pumps are usually quite expensive and require a considerable amount of electricity. The larger ones also require more maintenance, meaning more expenses.
Two types of pool pumps are available in the market today – the above ground and the inground pool pump. If you are not sure which type would be best for your pool, then you could do some online research and read some tips provided by experienced technical people. Above ground pool pumps usually have strong, high-performance motors that are equipped with automatic thermal overload protectors. On the other hand, inground pool pumps offer high flow operation that makes filtering cycles quicker. These pumps generally offer a more quiet operation, making them ideal as replacement pumps.
Once you have chosen the pool pump that would be best for your pool, you then need to install it. Pool pump installation can actually be quite easy if you know what to do and you have the proper equipment. Here are the steps on how to install a pool pump.
You first need to prepare the tools that you need for the pool pump installation. These include a flathead screw driver, a big and small set of channel locks, and a bucket of water. If you hire a pool service technician, then he or she should be equipped with all these.
The pool pump’s suction side would now have to be connected. The suction side is connected to the pool’s skimmer line and to the main drain if the pool has one. For above ground swimming pools, the pool pump could be connected to flexible lines, as above ground pools commonly make use of flexible pool hoses that hook up the filter and the pump.
If the pool is halfway in the ground or what is called as a semi-inground pool, then it would usually mean that the pool has a main drain, and you would have to use a rigid PVC pipe.
If you have an inground swimming pool, then the pool pump would be connected to hard, rigid PVC pipes, making use of sch 40 fittings. The pool technician would be hooking up the suction side using common PVC fittings like a PVC union and a PVC male adapt. The other side of the PVC union would have to be hooked up to a Hayward Tri-Flo valve or a three-way Jandy.
This an important step to install pool pump, so make sure you or the pool service technician has the proper equipment.
The third step would be to connect the discharge side of the pool pump. For above ground swimming pools, the pool service technician would connect the pump’s discharge side to the filter multiport of the pool. This line would generally be flexible, which would run from the top portion of the pump going to the “pump in” port located on the multiport or the filter directional valve.
If the above ground pool is using a Hayward Perflex filter system, then the pump’s discharge side would be hooked to a union and then connected to the filter.