Are you looking for some helpful tips on how to replace pool pump strainer housing? If so, this article is for you.
Well, the pump strainer housing problem isn’t something that comes up often in pool maintenance. However, when it does come up, you want to have all the right information for how to fix it.
This blog will go over what a strainer is and why it needs to be replaced. Next, we’ll walk you through removing and replacing your old strainer housing. For this and more, read on.
What is a strainer?
A strainer is a mesh screen basket located in the pump housing assembly. Its purpose is to keep debris and dirt out of the pump to keep it running smoothly.
Why replace strainer housing?
The strainer housing can leak or break down over time. Also, it saves you money by preventing premature wear and tear of the pump.
How to remove old strainer housing?
Before removing your old strainer housing, turn off the pump and relieve the pressure using the air relief valve on the filter. This will allow the water to drain out. The next step is to disconnect the hose fitting to the strainer housing.
Now, it’s time to remove the old strainer housing. The method you use depends on the pump make.
For some models, you simply twist the strainer housing counter-clockwise to remove it. Others come with screw assembly or bolted connections. For this, ensure you have a screwdriver or a socket wrench handy.
After removing, you might need to clean the strainer basket. However, to be sure, check it for debris.
In case of any debris, lift the strainer basket from the housing assembly for thorough cleaning. If the debris sits at the bottom, hose it out with a garden hose.
When cleaning the strainer basket, most pool owners knock it on a hard surface to loosen debris. Well, don’t do that since the strainer comes in a flexible plastic that can break easily.
How to install new strainer housing?
Some strainer housing come in a complete kit, which includes a new strainer basket. But if not, drop your cleaned strainer basket into the new strainer housing assembly and put back the lid.
Again, depending on the pump design, screw or twist the new strainer housing into place. Next, connect the hose back to the strainer housing.
Once done, plug in and turn on the pump to build up pressure. Finally, close the air relief valve the moment pool water starts spraying out.
How often should I clean my pool pump strainer?
There’s no hard rule on how often you should clean a pool pump strainer. The schedule depends on how much debris is in your pool, among other factors.
Still, we recommend checking and cleaning weekly to prevent clogs and maintain water flow.
I hope our guide on how to replace pool pump strainer housing has been helpful. It’s neither a big job nor a hard one if you have the necessary tools.
Always watch your swimming pool for symptoms such as water coming out of the sides of your filter. It will help you stay ahead and replace the damaged strainer housing before it’s too late.