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Cleaning the Pool Weir & Pool Pump Baskets

CLEANING THE WEIR & PUMP BASKETS

Cleaning the skimmer and pump baskets regularly is important to the overall maintenance of your swimming pool. Clogged baskets make your pump have to work harder to try to cycle the water. This can decrease the life and stress the seals in your pump.

With water flow impeded by baskets full of debris, you are not getting the proper turnover rate to properly filter your pool water.  For your pool to stay clean and clear the water must be filtered. With your skimmer and pumps baskets full of debris, you are not pulling as much water to the pump, and not filtering as much water as if the baskets were kept clean. This can have a negative effect on your pool maintenance. 

Clean the skimmer and pump basket at least once a week by following the directions below:

CLEANING THE WEIR BASKET

•   Turn the pool pump off.
•   Remove weir lid.
•   Remove weir basket and empty out.
•   Install the basket back into the weir.
•   Replace the weir lid and turn the system back on.

CLEANING THE PUMP BASKET
•   Turn the pool pump off.
•   If the pool pump is located below the water level in the pool and you
    have a shut-off valve, turn the valve to "closed".  
•   Unscrew the pump lid and remove the basket.
•   Use a garden hose to wash the basket. Baskets become brittle over
    time and can break easily. Having a spare pump basket to rotate with
    the dirty basket is the easiest way to perform this task.

•   Re-install pump basket. Some baskets will twist-lock in place. Do not
    over-tighten the basket.
•   Inspect pump lid and o-ring for cracks or damage and lubricate pump lid o-ring with petroleum jelly if it appears dry.
•   Install the pump lid. Do not over-tighten but ensure it seals properly and air does not leak into the system.
•   Make sure multiport valve is in the "filter" position. 
•   If you turned off the shut-off valve, open it.
•   Turn pool pump on.
•   Make sure the pump primes and refills with water.

 

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