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What to Do If Your Pool Isn't Pumping

While some people will use their pool year-round as they have it connected to a solar array, many will cover it up when the weather starts to turn. They may not even think about it until the following year, when the evenings grow a bit longer and the trees start to bloom. If you're in this situation, then you may be looking forward to some great family fun and outdoor activities, all of which will be centred around your refreshing pool. However, you will need to do some work to get everything ready and to make sure that the pool is still in proper working order. What should you do if you subsequently discover a problem with the pool pump?

Obvious Areas

During the wintertime, small critters could have moved in to take up residence in the pump housing area, while leaves and other debris could also have accumulated. You cannot expect your pump to work properly if it is surrounded by all of this "stuff," so the first job should be to clear everything away and allow the pump to breathe.

Secondly, you should have a look at the circuit breaker to see if it is still in the active position. Reset it if necessary, and also make sure that the timing mechanism is switched off while you check for functionality.

Initial Checks

When was the last time that you serviced the pump prior to your seasonal shutdown? If it has been some time, then certain parts may have deteriorated, and this may have been exacerbated by the winter break. In particular, have a look at the rubber o-ring, as this is a replaceable part and may be past its best. If so, you will need to swap it out and should check all the other bolts, screws and clamps while you are there.

Bigger Issues

If you have looked over all these areas and can see nothing obvious, then you may have an issue with the motor or impeller. As with everything else mechanical, parts like these can wear out, and you may need to bring in a technician to give you their advice.

Taking Action

Remember, the pump is at the heart of the pool operation, and if it is not working properly, you won't be able to circulate the water, clean the pool or make it fit for use. Reach out for some technical help as soon as you can so you can get ready for action in plenty of time.