Clean, clear, healthy pool water is achieved through proper water chemistry, sanitization,
and circulation. Circulation occurs as water travels into the skimmer, passes through the
plumbing to the pump, is filtered, and is returned via the return inlet of the pool.
The pump
must be running for circulation to take place; which should be a minimum of 8 – 12 hours
every day. 2-speed pump and motors are designed to run continuously at a low-speed with
reduced electrical cost. Timers provide consistent and reliable circulation with pre-
programmed run-times for your pump and motor.
The skimmer contains a basket for catching leaves and debris before they enter the pump
and possibly clog the impeller area. Check the basket regularly, every few days, and empty
as needed.
If your basket becomes cracked it should be replaced. There are many styles
and sizes of skimmers available, be sure to save yourself a trip to the store by
bringing your old skimmer basket with you when shopping for a replacement.
The water level in your pool should be ½ to 2/3 high on the skimmer opening.
It is important to monitor and maintain the water level, adding make-up water
when needed, due to evaporation, splash-out and backwash. If the water level
drops below the skimmer the pump will draw in air and cavitate, potentially
causing serious damage to the pump and motor if allowed to run dry.
Your pump has a suction side and a discharge side. The pump
housing holds an impeller that
pushes water to the discharge side of
the pump, then to the filter. The pump strainer basket is positioned
under a clear lid, so you can see when it contains debris. Check the
pump basket regularly, empty and clean as needed. The pump lid
holds an o-ring that should be periodically lubricated with an o-ring
lube, to ensure a good water tight seal. (do not use vaseline® on o-rings as the petroleum
can break down the rubber). Your pump will have (1) or (2) 1⁄4” drain plug(s) threaded into the
lint pot and or pump housing; the drain plug is used to drain water out of the pump for
winterizing. The drain plug o-rings should also be lubricated to keep air from entering the
pump and losing prime. The motor is the electrical side of the pump, located opposite of the
pump housing. Most above ground motors have a 110v electrical plug. They should always
be plugged into a GFCI receptacle.
use extension cords as they can be an electrical
hazard and detrimental to the motor itself. Inground Pumps may be 110v or 220v and are
generally hard wired. Instructions on priming your pump and manufacturers’ operating
manuals can be found on the next page.