5 things to Consider When Buying a Pool Pump

Posted on: 22 May 2019


Pool pumps are at the core of every swimming pool since they control the water-flow system. They pass water through the main filtration system and then send the water back to the pool. Therefore, a small malfunction with the pump will render the entire pool cleaning system ineffective causing poor or inadequate filtration of the water. 

You, therefore, need to get a perfect one and have an experienced plumber install it in order to ensure the swimming pool is safe for use. Here are five things to consider when buying a pool pump. 

1. Number of Users 

If your pool has many users and is big to match the number of people, it needs regular cleaning and maintenance. This means that it will need more frequent pumps and will be running for a longer time. Therefore, you should always ensure that you get one that can take up the challenge.

2. Pump Capacity 

The volume of the water in your pool determines the horsepower you need your pool to be for effective pumping. Consult a plumber or a hardware attendant to help you calculate the volume and in effect the horsepower necessary. Then look at the variety of pumps with that capacity and horsepower and choose the most suitable.

3. Noise Output

You might forget to ask about the noise output of the pump you purchase. You can buy a pump that fits the size of the pool, releases very little noise and one that runs perfectly, just to find it is very noisy. Your entire compound will be noisy every time a pump is running inside the pool. Ensure you consider the noise and ensure you purchase the quietest pump available.

4. Compatibility With Your Disinfectant

 A pool circulates water in your swimming pool replacing the dirty water, which could lead to the growth of bacteria and algae. The pump uses a filtration system which traps debris that shouldn't be in the water. Ensure, therefore, that the disinfectant you use does not corrode the pump. Both these items are important and need to work well together. 

5. Above-Ground or In-Ground pool 

The above ground pool is safer and prevents seepage of water into the ground. It is also easy to operate and maintain. The pump needs less energy. It controls the water flow conveniently since all its piping systems and valves, along with all other fittings are exposed above ground. In-ground pool pumps, on the other hand, are cheaper. However, they are less elaborate to operate. The pump has a filtration system and uses much more energy to pump the water in comparison to an above ground pump.

If you are looking to buy a pool pump, it is important that you know the volume of water your pool contains. You should also consider the flow rate and the frequency of use. Once you consider the above tips, check out different pool pumps and invite a plumber to handle the process of installation and maintenance.