How to Prime a Swimming Pool Pump

A good working pool pump is vital in keeping the pool water clean and safe to swim with. And if the pump is already what we call a “lose prime”, when there is too much air that entered the pipes for the pool. And in this article, we study on how to prime a swimming pool pump the right way.

Priming a pool pump is the process of discharging any air that is being caught in the system. This system is to get the water perfectly circulating.

How to prime a pool pump?

When a system is perfectly primed, all the system components are being filled with water. And because of this, the pool pump is able to suck water from the pool and push it back into the pool through pool return.

Steps in priming a pool pump:

Step One: turn off the pump

Always remember to turn off any electricity when working on any pool equipment. This is also for your safety. And for maximum safety, it’s best to turn off the power at the circuit breaker to the motor.

Step Two: Shift the multi-port valve to recalculate

Converting the multi-port valve will guarantee your pool water will go straightly to the pump instead of going through the filter first.

The multi-port valve is on the pipe next to your pump. If you are unsure always check the manual for your pump.

Step Three: Discard excess air

Open the air relief valve. This is on top of your filter to remove any excess air pressure.

Step Four: Pump basket

Open the lid covering your pump basket and remove any leaves or debris. Check it also for any cracks to make sure everything is in good working condition.

Step Five: Fill the pump basket

Use a garden hose to fill the pump basket with water. Once filled, quickly replace the lid on top of the housing and hand-tighten it.

Step Six: Turn the system on

When everything is fine, with the air relief valve open and your pump lid is being replaced properly, you can turn the system on.

Step Seven: Check water flow

Check the water flow. If the water is not always flowing through the basket for 30 seconds, turn off and repeat all steps. After doing so and if still is not good meaning you have an air leak that needs fixing.

But once the water is flowing fine, meaning everything is in good condition.

Step Eight: Close the air valve

When water is flowing out of the air relief valve, close the valve. Slowly return your diverter valve handle back to its original position. And open up your air relief valve again to ensure that all air is gone from the pipe you opened.

Close the air relief valve, and turn off the system.

And if you are still having some issues after doing these steps, better to call a professional. And for all your pool needs why not let My Pool Guy for your pool guy!