How To Prime Your Water Pump

A big part of having a swimming pool is the pump. If it’s not working, then you can’t swim in the water. However, if you don’t prime your pump and run water through it when you turn it on for the first time each season, it could cause problems later on down the road!

You prime your pump so that air doesn’t get stuck in the lines when you run water through it for the first time. You can also prime your pump if you haven’t used it in a while, or if there’s been a power outage and your pump was off longer than expected.

You will need a garden hose to prime your pump. The idea is to run water through the lines, pushing any air bubbles out of the way so that everything works properly.

The 11 Steps To Prime Your Water Pump

1. Make sure the power is turned off: Turn off the power at the circuit breaker or your main power control box. You should also turn off the timer and pump protector if they are connected to your pool’s wall controls.

2. Gain access to the pump system: Find your pool’s filter and pump compartment. You should be able to see the pump through the window when you are face-to-face with it on the pool deck. Keep in mind that most of these compartments have a door, so make sure that it is open before you begin.

3. Check for damage: Make sure that the pump is in good condition. Is there any dirt or debris? Do you see water damage from a leak or flooding incident? Is it about to fall over? Get rid of anything that shouldn’t be there and fix what needs to be fixed so that your pump works at its highest potential.

4. Test a hose: If you have a hose that you will use to prime your pump, hook it up to the faucet or water supply and test run it. Watch the end of the hose and watch for any bubbles. Turn off the water supply when no more bubbles appear.

5. Open the relief valves: Make sure that the relief valves are open! You will need to manhandle them a bit, but remember- don’t force anything. This step may vary depending on the type of pump that you have. The valves should be located next to your pool’s skimmer system, along with other pipes and parts.

6. Attach the hose: Attach the hose to one of your pool’s faucets and turn on the water supply.

7. Turn on the water and wait for it to enter the tank: You should have already turned off the circuit breaker, so now you can turn on your pump’s power switch. Make sure that the timer is set to “on.”

8. Turn the power on: Once the water is flowing, you can turn on both your pump’s power switch and the timer.

9. Run a test: After a few minutes of running water through it, check to see how your pool pump is running. Does everything seem okay? If so, you have successfully primed your pump! If problems arise at any time, contact your local pool expert.

10. Turn the power off: Before you leave the pool area, make sure that the pump and timer are both turned off.

11. Clean up any messes: You should check your pump compartment to make sure that you don’t have any excess water or wet items remaining in there. If you do, then please clean it up!

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