How to Clean the Skimmer & Pump Baskets ?

One of the most important yet overlooked tasks in pool maintenance is cleaning the skimmer and pump baskets. These baskets prevent leaves, hair, insects and other debris from getting to the pump, but they do not clean themselves. Blocked skimmer or pump baskets can restrict the amount of water going into the pool, thereby decreasing the turnover rate for clean, filtered water in the pool. Over time, this may overwork the pump and cause the seals to fail.

In order for your pump to work at maximum efficiency, the skimmer and pump baskets need to be cleaned regularly (at least once per week). You should replace damaged baskets as soon as possible to prevent debris getting through and clogging the impeller, causing reduced water flow. Remember, a properly running pool pump will facilitate proper circulation of chemicals and leave you with a sparkling clear pool.

Follow the steps below at least once a week to clean both the skimmer and pump baskets:

Skimmer Basket Cleaning:

• Turn off the pool pump.

• Remove the skimmer lid.

• Remove the skimmer basket and empty it out.

• Check for damage and wash it with a hose if necessary to remove material that is trapped in the basket.

• Put the basket back into the skimmer.

• Replace the skimmer lid and turn the system back on.

Pump Basket Essentials:

• Switch off the heater; allow water in the heater to cool down for 5-10 minutes before turning off the pool pump.

• Turn off the booster pump, if one is installed.

• If the pump is below the water line: turn off the skimmer and main drain valves.

• Remove the pump lid.

• Reach into the pump basket and remove as much debris as possible before removing the basket.

• Remove the basket; use a garden hose to clean the basket if needed; inspect basket for cracks and damage. Replace the pump basket if necessary

• Reinstall the pump basket. If you have a basket that twists into place, don’t over-tighten it.

• Examine the pump lid & o-ring for signs of damage or cracks, and use a light coating of silicone to lubricate the o-ring if it seems dry. Make sure the o-ring is completely free of leaves and debris to ensure a secure seal.

• Put the lid back in place, and do not over tighten. If you have to tighten the lid to get the pump to prime, the o-ring might need replacement.

• Check the filter valve is in the “filter” position.

• Slowly open the main drain valve until it is fully open.

• Open the air relief valve on the pool filter.

• Use the filter air bleed valve to remove any trapped air.

• Turn on the pool pump and wait until it is primed.

• Open the remaining skimmer valves.

• Watch for a steady stream of water from the air relief valve, then close the valve.

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How to Clean the Skimmer & Pump Basket ?

Insuring the skimmer and pump basket are clean is essential for the proper maintenance of your pool. Blocked skimmer or pump baskets can restrict the water going into the pool. This can cause the pump to work harder and possible seal failure. Once the seal fails, the motor is likely to be damaged and result in failure of the motor.

urlClean baskets will allow your pump to work at maximum efficiency, cooling the pump and preventing seal failure. A damaged pump basket should be replaced. If not, debris that is allowed to get past the basket can clog the impeller, causing reduce water flow. Remember, a properly running pool pump will allow for proper circulation of chemicals and a sparkling clear pool. Clean the pump basket and skimmer at least once a week by following the guidelines below:

Sanitizing the pump basket:

• Switch off the heater; allow water in heater to dissipate the heat before turning off the pool pump.

• Turn off the booster pump, if one is installed.

• In some cases, shut skimmer and main drain valves.

• Remove the pump lid.

• Reach into the pump basket and remove as much debris as possible before removing the basket.

• Remove basket. Use a garden hose to clean the basket. If needed, inspect basket for cracks and basket integrity. Replace pump basket if necessary

• Reinstall pump basket. Don’t over squeeze the basket.

• Examine the pump lid and o-ring for damage or cracks and grease pump lid with a light coating of silicone grease. Make sure the o-ring is clean, a single leaf, grain of sand or hair can cause the lid not to seal properly.

• Put the lid back in place, Do not over tighten. If it is necessary for you to tighten the lid to get the pump to prime, the o-ring might need replacement.

• Open the skimmer and main drain valves if closed.

• Turn on the pool pump.

• Use filter air bleed valve to remove trapped air.

• Turn on Pool booster pump and heater.

Cleaning the skimmer basket:

BA-0107G• Turn off the pool pump

• Take away skimmer lid

• Take away skimmer basket and drain out

• Set up the basket back into the skimmer

• Set up skimmer lid and urn on the system

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