Priming A Pool Pump

How To Prime Your Pool Pump (Or Permanent Spa Pump)

  1. Turn off the pump. Your pump is either operated by a switch or breaker connected to the pump by gray conduit (see picture below), by an on/off, start/stop or stop/resume button on the pump, or is turned on/off by your pool automation, a remote, or a phone app. How Pumps Work!
  2. Close suction valves, open return valves. The suction valves are plumbed in front of your pump, the return valves are plumbed after your filter and heater. The suction valves need to all be turned OFF, the return valves need to be turned ON. How Your Valves Work!

    pool equipment pump, filter heater, valves
  3. Fill the pump with water.
  4. Close lid of pump basket 
  5. Turn pump on 
  6. Open one valve in front of pump 
  7. If water doesn’t continuously come in after 45 seconds, close valves in front of pump, if water does continuously pump in, skip to step 15.
  8. Turn pump off 
  9. Open lid of pump basket 
  10. Fill pump basket with water 
  11. Close lid of pump basket 
  12. Turn pump on 
  13. Open the same valve as last time in front of pump 
  14. If water doesn’t continuously come in after 45 seconds, repeat steps 8-14

  15. Once one line is primed, the other lines can be primed by:  
  16. Slowly open another line, if air gets pulled in and the pump begins to lose it’s prime, close the valve again 
  17. Wait for the pump to fully prime off the line that is primed 
  18. Once it is fully primed again, open the other line again, allowing more air to get sucked in 
  19. Repeat this process until the line pulls in water instead of air and can be left fully open, only pulling in water 
  20. Repeat the process on the final line(s) until all lines are primed (except the sump line, the sump line is only used to remove excess water and only gets “primed” when there is water under the liner) 

If the pool owner can’t get their equipment primed, they can attempt the following: Pool owner needs to purchase DCB -Small Drain Cleaning Bladder for Priming Pumps & Clearing Spa Pump Air Locks.
 
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Once they have this item they can 
  1. Turn the pump off 
  2. Attach the DCB to a garden hose 

  3. Open the skimmer valve for one of the skimmers, if they don’t know which valve goes to which skimmer, they can open all the valves in front of the pump. 

  4. Insert the DCB into the suction hole in the bottom of the skimmer 

  5. Turn the garden hose on full blast, allow the DCB to expand to seal off the hole in the skimmer 

  6. The water from the hose will be forced to fill the pipe going from the skimmer to the pump 

  7. The water should eventually be able to be seen coming into the pump 

  8. Once water is coming into the pump:

  9. Turn off the garden hose 

  10. Immediately close all the valves in front of the pump 

  11. Remove the DCB from the skimmer hole 

  12. Double check that the DCB was removed from the skimmer hole 

  13. Triple check that the DCB was removed from the skimmer hole 

  14. If the pump isn’t completely full of water:

  15. Open the pump lid, fill the pump and close the pump lid 

  16. If/once the pump is full of water 

  17. Turn the pump on and open the valve that goes to the skimmer that the DCB was in 

  18. Once one line is primed, the other lines can be primed by 

  19. Slowly open another line, if air gets pulled in and the pump begins to lose it’s prime, close the valve again 

  20. Wait for the pump to fully prime off the line that is primed 

  21. Once it is fully primed again, open the other line again, allowing more air to get sucked in 

  22. Repeat this process until the line pulls in water instead of air and can be left fully open, only pulling in water 

  23. Repeat the process on the final line(s) until all lines are primed (except the sump line, the sump line is only used to remove excess water and only gets “primed” when there is water under the liner, until the water is removed) 

    If the pool owner can’t get their pump primed they can pay to have us do it if they are a current service pool owner, minimum charge for a visit is ½ hour of 1plp, regardless of if it is a 5 minute stop or a half hour.