Pool maintenance is a crucial step in taking care of your swimming pool. Having a regular maintenance schedule allows you to inspect all aspects of the pool, and catch any issues before they turn into major problems. Your maintenance routine will also help keep everything running smoothly.

Part of that maintenance plan should include time with the swimming pool pumps. The pumps are what help circulate the water in the pool and keep it clean and ready for swimming. If they break, you could end up with dirty, unsanitary water.

Below is a swimming pool pump checklist for your regular maintenance schedule. Ensure that you go through these on a regular basis to help keep your swimming pool pumps running like new.


Clean Out the Strainer Basket

Your swimming pool pump will have a strainer basket in it. This basket collects anything debris floating in the water, and stops it from travelling through the pump. If it becomes too full, it could end up clogging the pump, which would cause you many more issues down the road.

The strainer basket should be easy to pull out. Clean out anything that’s inside it, rinse it down and secure it back in place. This is a habit you should do on a weekly basis.

Check the Seals on the Lid of Housing

While you have the strainer basket out, now is the time to inspect the seals on the lid of the housing. The seals help prevent any water from leaking into areas that it shouldn’t be. If you notice anything wrong with the seals, it may be time to replace them.

Keep the Pump Uncovered

Ensure that there is nothing covering the swimming pool pump. That pump is meant to be outside. If there is anything covering the pump, it could cause it to overheat and eventually break down. Avoid having and shrubs and pool toys around the pump so that it stays clear of any obstructions.

Clean the Outside of the Pump

While you clean out the basket and inspect the outside and area of the pump, you should also clean the housing of the pump itself. Taking a brush and brushing off any dirt and sediment buildup will help keep it running at its highest capacity.


Have a schedule for lubricating any ball bearings and O-rings on the swimming pool pump. Keeping up with lubrication will have them running smoothly so that they don’t wear down as quickly. If you notice any odd noises happening, it could mean that the bearings are starting to fail.


Keeping up with regular maintenance for the swimming pool pumps will help keep them running like new. Make sure not to get the pump wet and that there are no chemicals stored near the pump. The more you can do to keep the pump in good shape, the longer it will run.

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