Pool pump strainer baskets 101
Learn more about what they are and how they work
If you want to keep your swimming pool operating at its peak, then you will need to make sure that each of the parts of the pump is working correctly. After all, in order for the pump to work correctly over all, each part has to do its job. If one part goes wrong, it could affect the whole process of the pump, leaving you with an unsanitary swimming pool at best or a burnt out pool pump at worst.
One of the most basic and easiest to maintain parts of the pool pump is the pump strainer basket. This basket is probably something you are already aware exists, but you may not know just what it does.
How the strainer basket works
When the pump draws in water to be cleaned and chlorinated, most of the time, that water contains debris like leaves, dead bugs, and twigs. Part of the pump’s job is to clean some of this debris out of the water. However, larger items like leaves can damage the filtration mechanism of the pump.
This is where the pump strainer basket comes into play. This basket is made to catch larger debris before the water every actually reaches the pump. This is why the basket is located between the pump and the intake skimmers in your swimming pool.
Keeping it clean and working properly
In order to make sure the water continues to flow, you will need to keep the pump strainer basket clear of debris. This means you will need to check and clean it on a regular schedule. In addition, it needs to be inserted into place correctly. The pump strainer basket should easily lock into its place. If you experience resistance, then you may not be inserting it correctly.
Keeping the pump strainer basket in proper working order is vital to the process of your swimming pool pump. Remember to check and clean it on a regular basis or if you would like help with swimming pool maintenance call us today.