Pool Pump Surging | InTheSwim Pool Weblog



pump-surgingRight now we deal with a problem that has plagued pool house owners for millennia – what to do when the pool pump is surging, or pulsing.

That’s, when the water flows into the pump intermittently; it begins to catch prime, after which loses it, after which catches once more.

Surging pool pumps additionally make a tell-tale noise because the water stage within the pump rises and falls. What’s it that trigger pump surge? Learn on…


Sure, the primary explanation for water surging within the pump is a basic air leak. Because the pump builds in water circulate, the vacuum created will increase, which makes it simpler for small air leaks to change into huge air leaks.

leaking pump MTA fittingWhat do I imply by air leaks? It is a void, in entrance of the pump impeller (Earlier than the impeller), that’s drawing air into the system when the pump is working. Your pump will favor to pump air, fairly than water – it’s the path of least resistance.

The commonest sources of air leaks? A free and heat-shrunken MTA becoming coming into the pump is primary. A free pump lid is second, adopted by a broken or dry pump lid o-ring with out lube. Third on the checklist is a leaky suction-side valve; skimmer or primary drain valve, or test valve.

You possibly can check for air leaks by smearing shaving cream (sure!) over all the pieces and searching for the place it will get sucked in, or by utilizing a Drain King to pressurize the suction-side manifold. The air leak will all the time be earlier than the pump impeller, as a result of after the pump, any void will leak water not air, as it’s underneath stress not vacuum.


One other explanation for pool pump surging is when a suction pipe (skimmer, primary drain or vacuum) is clogged, or partially clogged, I ought to say.


In some circumstances, will probably be a clog of leaves or gum tree spiky balls, or acorns – and chances are you’ll know this in case you had been simply vacuuming heavy particles, and misplaced suction all of a sudden.

In different circumstances, will probably be a too-small winterization plug that slipped down the pipe, or a chunk of plastic. In each circumstances, the overseas object normally will get caught on the first 90 becoming, instantly under the skimmer, and the suction causes it to alternately utterly block and partially block, the water circulate, creating the pulsing pump.

A Drain King, obtainable at your native ironmongery store and hooked up to a backyard hose, may be inserted into the entrance of the pump (going through the pool), and used to push clogs backwards, towards the skimmer, the place the fabric or object may be eliminated.



Is the water stage within the pool as much as mid-tile? Even so, do you discover a swirling vortex within the skimmer, which is drawing air into the pump? It will trigger intermittent circulate issues, with the pump working wonderful till the vortex attracts in a very good stream of water, after which bogs down.

That is a straightforward downside to resolve, simply add water!


The skimmer weir is that “Flapper door thingy” contained in the skimmer throat. In some circumstances, when a skimmer’s aspect partitions have bowed inward, this could trigger the weir to change into caught in a vertical place, blocking water circulate.

Discovering this one may be difficult, as a result of someday you go to examine the skimmer and it has fallen again all the way down to a standard, extra horizontal place, mocking your makes an attempt at fixing the pool pump pulse downside.

You possibly can manually check for the issue nonetheless, by eradicating the skimmer lid and reaching in towards the pool (simpler with the pump off), and pushing the weir to a vertical place, and seeing if it should keep caught.


A associated downside, typically accompanied by a clicking sound, is when one of many switches within the rear of the motor is chattering, or switching on/off, on/off…

In AO Smith fashion motors, there’s a centrifugal swap on the tip of the motor shaft, that may be free, and never totally interact, or lay flat. Tighten the middle screw and test that it’s aligned with the tab on the triangular formed stationary swap.

The stationary swap may also trigger this downside of biking on/off, on/off. This swap is situated at 6 o’clock, and the screw on the backside can come free, or the tab can change into misaligned with the centrifugal swap.

Century motors have a ‘switchless’ motor, which does have a swap on the tip of the shaft, which may change into broken, or obstructed, in order that it doesn’t totally open.

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Thanks for Studying!


Mark Garcia
In The Swim Employees Blogger


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