Have you ever gone home really tired and just wanting to do things very fast, then you hear your pool pump pumping, but then there is no water flowing through your taps? Well, experts will tell you that this is as a result of air blockage on the system. If this happens, don't feel so disturbed. You can sort the problem through priming the pump.
Well, some pool pumps come with self-priming options. However, most pumps will call for manual priming to remove the air blockage before you can allow it water pump. If this is the case, you can follow the following steps to have it operate in your favor:
Steps on How To Prime A Pool Pump
Ensure that the pump is off
Always ensure that you turn off the pump before you start working on the pump. This is a safety measure when dealing with electric powered machines. As much as you want the water to flow into your house, your safety should always be your priority. You should as well turn off the breaker to the pool system even as you ensure that all electrical switches connected to the pump are off.
Switch on the multi-port valve
When you switch the multi-port valve on, you are simply allowing the water to go directly to the pump. In this case, the water does not have to go through the filter before it gets to the pump. Otherwise, you might have to use a lot of time if you have to filter it. Remember, the main idea is to do away with the air blockage and allow water to flow into the system. Having it pass to the filter is not necessary at this point.
It's time to remove the excess air
On top of the filter, you will see a valve. This is called the relief valve. Go ahead and open it. This will exert enough pressure on the air blockage so that it gives way for water to flow. If the water does not start flowing immediately, do not give up. You still have steps to proceed with. However, if it flows, you can fix it back and enjoy your water supply.
Do away with any debris
In most cases, when the water fails to flow as much as the pump is operating, we tend to think about air blockage. However, this might not be the case always. At times, the pipes can be blocked with debris from the pool. Unless you remove the debris, you might not have water flow. Therefore, ensure that you remove any debris which might be stuck in the pump basket and rinse it through the hose. You can as well take advantage of this step to check if there are any cracks on the O-ring so that you make the necessary arrangement to correct them. Remember, if there are such cracks, the water might be wasted and so not get to the house.
Fill the pump basket with water
Once you have made sure that the system is clean, you can now use a hose to fill the basket. Go ahead and tighten the lid. As you are tightening, ensure that there is water seeping into the pump lines. If you are not keen, you can tighten it and leave the water without passing to the pump lines and so you will have done nothing in the end. The filling of the basket creates a suction that can maintain the water flow into the house. Turn on the pump and see the water flow. If it does not, you might have to repeat the process.
Close the air valve
You are already done now. If the water is flowing at stage five, then you should close the air valve. Do not forget to switch the multi-port valve on so that the water can get through the filter. You can now enjoy the water flow to your house.
At times, however, you might move from step one to the last, but still, nothing happens. Well, do not get discouraged. It does no harm to start over again and again to get the required results. As long as the system is not faulty, the steps should get the pool pump to supply your water.