The Case of the Screaming Pool Pump

We ask a lot from the lowly pool pump.  Often it is housed in a damp environment, which ultimately leads to bearing failure due to rust.  We might ignore the small leak coming from the pump, that indicates future pump failure.  The subterranean vaults or small storage sheds that pumps reside in have very little airflow for the pump to operate efficiently.  Forgetting to add water to the pool can cause the pump to run dry, which leads to melting pipes.  By restricting water flow to the pump due to poor plumbing techniques, or expecting it to function properly when the filter or associated pipework is inadequate is asking for trouble!  Then one day you hear it.  The pump sounds a little different than normal, as if it’s whining. Then a week later it’s noticeably louder.  Before you know it, the noise it’s making is deafening. The screaming pool pump!  What now?

Let’s consider one of the aforementioned issues in a little more detail: inadequate plumbing.  Most pools that I see have been plumbed with pipes that are undersized.  Larger pipe sizes are not that much more in terms of cost, and the benefits of going larger are many:  less restriction, adequate flow, increased life of the pool pump, cleaners, filter, the list goes on and on.  Do you want to extend the life of your pool equipment?  There may not be much you can do with the plumbing below ground without embarking on a major renovation, but there is much you can do above ground.  By eliminating unnecessary fittings, turbulence can drop significantly, essentially slowing down and smoothing out the water.  Your pump will run quieter and cooler.  Cavitation, or the air bubbles you see in the pump, can be reduced or even eliminated.  Do you have a tangled web of plumbing in your pump room?  Give a little love to your pool pump and give us a call.  We’ll sort it out for you!

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