How To Prime A Pump For A Pool

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So, how to prime a pump for a pool?

Well, to be honest, this beginners’ friendly post comprises all the ingredients that you might be needing for priming your pool pump.

Moreover, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned professional, we as a team have tried to the best of our capabilities to respond to the query, of how to prime a pool pump in the best possible way we could.

In case, you’re trying to figure out the best possible ways to prime your pool pump then, trust me, you’ve landed on the right post.

At the same time, I’ll not deny the fact that some newer pumps do come with self-priming functions still there are many pumps that will require priming in order to get the air out of the system as well as water flowing in.

So, if you won a pool pump that requires priming then all you need to do is to follow certain steps to achieve an optimum result.

So, without further ado, let’s begin…

How To Prime A Pump For A Pool | The Beginner’s Guide

Frankly speaking, almost all the steps that we’re gonna discuss are newbie-friendly and less time-consuming.

Trust me, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned professional, the below-mentioned steps would definitely be of great help in case, you’re looking for a piece of information related to priming.

Turn Off the Pump

It goes without saying that whenever you’re working with any powerful tool, as a safety precaution, you need to turn off the tool to ensure that no electricity is flowing through it while you’re working on it.

And, the same holds true with water and related equipment.

I go a step ahead and suggest my clients turn off the breaker to the pool system.

Switch the Multi-Port Valve

Yes, you heard it RIGHT!

In the next step, you need to switch the multi-port valve for recirculation purposes.

Well, switching the multi-port valve would ensure that the water goes directly to the pump instead of going through the filter first.

I hope you got my point, in case of doubt, feel free to contact us via email.

Excess Air Removal

Definitely, for achieving the optimum result, you need to remove the excess air.

All you need to do is to open the air relief valve located on the top of the filter in order to release the air pressure.

Pump Basket Cleaning

In this step, you need to make sure that the pump basket is free from dust, debris, and specks of dirt that might have accumulated over a period of time.

And, if needed rinse off the dust with the help of a hose.

At the same time, also keep track of cracks and damage IF ANY to the O-ring.

I’m attaching a self-explanatory video for your perusal.

Fill the Pump Basket

You’ll need the help of a garden hose to fill the pump basket.

Once done, make sure that the lid is tightened back on the top to prevent any last-hour misadventure.

Never expedite the filling process in a hurry.

In fact, you should fill the pump basket slowly and gradually so that the water can seep well into the pump lines.

What you want here is for the lines from the skimmer to the pump to be full of water in order to create suction. 

Turn on the Pump

Before, you turn on the pump, make sure that the aforementioned steps are done perfectly and with a minimum scope of error.

So, what you need to do now is to open the air valve and turn the system on.

Once done, you can expect the water to flow.

However, if you don’t find the water flowing through the basket after a couple of minutes of turning on the pump then you should turn off the pump and repeat the process.

Close the Air Valve

So, if in the last step, the water has started flowing, then half of your work is done.

Now, shut off the air valve and switch the multiport valve back to “filter”.

How To Prime A Pump For A Pool | Step-By-Step

The below-mentioned steps need to be performed in case your pump is either not running or malfunctioning.

The below-mentioned steps are very crucial from the beginner’s point of view.

Steps Needed to be Performed Incase Your Pump isn’t Running

I’ve been questioned on a frequent basis by my clientele on what needs to be done if the pump doesn’t run.

Are you also inquisitive about something similar?

If that is the case, then stay with us, as we’re gonna discuss some steps that will help you to investigate the potential problems.

  • First and foremost, you need to check if your pool is filled enough for creating suction
  • Secondly, look for any clogged pipe or obstruction if present and do the needful
  • Investigate pipes, O-rings, and return casings for leakage or damage
  • Also, ensure that your pump basket is free from cracks
  • Further, you need to check the O-rings for dryness as well as cracks, and also ensure that it is properly lubed. This step would need your special attention
  • Listen carefully to your pump and check if the noise is ABNORMAL
  • Tighten valves and fittings to make sure they have a tight seal

How To Prime A Pool Pump [Video]

I’m attaching a self-explanatory video for your perusal.


It’s A Wrap

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for being with us till the end.

Frankly speaking, following the aforementioned steps would help you to prime a pool pump with ease.

However, even after expediting the aforementioned steps you’re facing issues then I would suggest you should contact a pool expert.

In case, there is some problem with the motor or the plumbing then, the expert can deal with it in a better way.

Last but not least, share this piece of information with the ones who are in need of it.

After all, sharing is caring, isn’t it?

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