How to Service Your Pool Pump and Backwash Your Filter

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Service your pool pump and backwash your filter

This is a video reference on how to service your pool pump and backwash your filter.

Service the basket

First step is to kill the power to the pump motor and being this pool is set up as flooded suction and flooded suction is below pool level with the filtration system,then we need to shut off all our valves. So we would just shut them off at 3:00 and 9:00 across the pipe, that’s all. Take your leverage tool, place it on your pump lid, give it a tap. Remove your basket, give it a tap. Empty the basket. That’s clean. Place the basket back into the pump. It can only go one way. It won’t allow you to do it any way but the right way and that’s to the hole to the front of the pump. Place the basket in.

Once again make sure this o-ring is sitting in its seat. Place the lid back onc the pump. Snug it.Come back over, make sure your return valve’s open, make sure your skimmer main drain is open, make sure your skimmer valve is open. Now that we’ve serviced the pump basket it’s time to backwash the filter.

Service the pump

With the pump still off we will take the variable flow valve, press down on the handle, rotate it 180 to backwash. Once we’ve locked it into the backwash position we’ve come over here to the power source and set your pump on. What we’re doing in this cycle is we’re taking the water and we’re reversing the flow of water coming in the bottom of the tank come on to the sand picking up the dirt and kicking it out the waste line. Typically this takes about 40 to 60 seconds to do. The water will start off clear then it’ll cloudy up or even dirty up and then once it clears up for the second time you’re done.

So we’ve gone through the cycle. Here we will kill the power. Come back over to the variable flow valve press down on the handle put it in the rinse cycle. Power back on. Basically we want to do this for five seconds. What the rinse cycle does is force the sand to lay back down on the sand bed so we won’t have any blowback into the pool. After the rinse cycle kill your power. Pump into filter, rather variable flow valve into filter. It’s locked in. Power on. Come over here make sure we are showing pressure on the gauge. Right now we have the black operating needle showing clean. Green is clean. When that black needle hits the red it will indicate that it’s time to backwash again.

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That’s just a quick video reference on how to backwash your pool

Author: RobinDee

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