Access the pump basket?

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Access the pump basket?

Postby Eddles » Sun 22 Sep, 2019 15:24

Hi all, from time to time I'd like to check the pump basket for debris, especially that the access hatch isn't really transparent and its difficult to see in. However, after turning off the pump, taking off the hatch means water will escape. What's the proper way to open this hatch when the pool's full of water please?

Many thanks for your time!

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Re: Access the pump basket?

Postby Denniswiseman » Mon 23 Sep, 2019 02:18

I would be inclined to turn all the inlet valves off(keep an image so that you can return them to the correct position)
Then turn your multiport valve to off or closed
Where do the pipes going up the wall go to
Is the equipment below the pool?
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Re: Access the pump basket?

Postby Eddles » Mon 23 Sep, 2019 05:59

The pump is slightly below the pool I believe. The pipes going up is a loop, so it's pipes from floor - pump - sand filter - UV lamp (pipe goes out of picture, crosses over and comes back down) - heat exchanger then down to the two returns in the pool.

So if I close all valves and the multiport, will I still need to expect some water coming out?

Many thanks!
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Re: Access the pump basket?

Postby Denniswiseman » Mon 23 Sep, 2019 06:24

You will probably get some water out that's in the pipework. Try it gently
The only other alternative is to have a valve on the flow from the pump
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Re: Access the pump basket?

Postby davidgreams » Sat 28 Sep, 2019 08:09

You should close the suction and return valves prior to opening the pump lid. Now it depends on the location of your equipment in relation to your pool, but doing this every time can guarantee that you don't lose prime or trigger svrs on your pump. Also doing this ensures you don't get extra unnecessary air in your system that will need to be purged out.

You may not need to do all of that, but it's a good practice to get into.

Also have you scheduled a pool school with your pool company yet? Cleaning out your pump basket should have been gone over.
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Re: Access the pump basket?

Postby Eddles » Sun 29 Sep, 2019 08:26

OK, so if I close the multiport valve and the 4 red ball valves on the 4 pipes at the bottom of the picture, that should minimise loss of water, but how do I replenish/purge the pipes between the MPV and the 4 ball valves before restarting the whole caboodle?

Not heard of a pool school, will investigate that, thank you.
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Re: Access the pump basket?

Postby Denniswiseman » Sun 29 Sep, 2019 09:03

Those 4 pipes / valves are on the suction side from the pool.
Closing them will trap water in the pump
When you have cleaned out your basket, top up with water, replace lid and restore valves to their previous positions and change MPV to filter or bypass/recirculate, then start pump.
The air that is in the pipework between the pump and MPV will be pushed out

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