Your swimming pool, granted, is an important aspect of your yard. But when it comes to its performance, its pump is the most crucial component to its overall service. When the pool pump is in decline, your swimming pool will quickly turn into a cesspool of scum, bacteria and algae that will put an end to all your fun days in the sun. If you have recently moved into a house with a swimming pool or have had a pool constructed, it is crucial to know the signs of a pool pump that is acting up so that you can have the issue resolved immediately and prevent unsanitary water. This piece touches on three typical issues that you may run into with your pool pump.
1. No water is being pumped
Your swimming pool's pump function to direct water into the filer so that the pool can be cleaned. Thus, if the pump is not directing this water into the filter, then it is only a matter of time before the swimming pool becomes filthy. The first thing you should do is check if the lint lid in the basket is tightly shut. If it is, investigate the contents of the skimmer since this component should be empty. If the skimmer is not filled with debris, check if the pump's impeller is rotating or not since debris could end up jamming it. If none of these solutions works, it is time to call a pool contractor to resolve the issue.
2. Air is being drawn into the pump
Air is much lighter than water. Thus, although your pool pump is supposed to draw in water, air could also be sucked in, but this only occurs if the pump leaks. While leaks are not a rare issue, they should be treated as an emergency since leaving them unchecked will exacerbate the problem and your pool pump could end up failing. Additionally, since there are multiple components in the pump that could spring a leak, it is crucial to have a contractor come and examine the entire system to identify all the leaks and fix them immediately.
3. Strange, loud noises from the pump
Your pool pump does not operate in silence. However, any new noises should be treated suspiciously. Typically, the pump will either make a screeching or rattling noise depending on what the underlying problem is. If the sound is rattling, it could be caused by cavitation, whereby the pool pump is not drawing insufficient water. Hence, there could be debris or air impeding its performance. On the other hand, screeching noises should alert you to degraded bearings that should be replaced immediately by a pool contractor.