Pump Suction 

Stay off the main drain!

Your circulating pump creates a strong vacuum at the main drain at the bottom of your pool. In fact the suction is so strong, it can trap adults or children underwater.

We recommend removal of the automatic pool cleaner when swimming.

Read the cleaner or vacuum owner’s manual for safe operating information.

Make sure your pool or spa has the following:

·     An emergency shut-off switch for the pool circulation pump and the spa jet pump in an easily accessible, obvious place near the pool or spa. Make sure bathers know where it is, and how to use it in case of emergency.

·    At least two suction outlets from the pool to the main circulating pump.

· Either one of these outlets should be able to supply the pump by itself without exceeding the flow rating of its cover. (Many aboveground pools use the skimmer as the suction outlet, and have no main drain; these pools don’t require a second suction outlet.)

· Each outlet must have a cover fastened down with screws, be designed so that they won’t trap body parts or hair, and be certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

· Plastic deck and drain covers may deteriorate, and crack or break from exposure to sunlight or weather. Routinely replace them every 3-4 years.




Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance helps keep your pool and spa system operating safely and efficiently. Follow a regular check-off procedure for the safety related items , and have your pool professional perform the following tasks regularly:


·    Make sure that each suction outlet has a cover that is installed correctly, screwed down, unbroken, and certified for that application.

·    Make sure that all skimmer covers are in place, screw-fastened and unbroken.

·    Make sure that the filter pressure gauge is in good working condition, and that the filter pressure is within the operating range specified in your filter owner’s manual.

·    Make sure that the pump and filter O-rings are sealing properly, and in good condition.

·    Bleed off accumulated air from the system, as described in your owner’s manual.

·    Empty the skimmer baskets and the pump strainer basket of debris.

·    Remove any debris or obstructions from the main drain cover.

·    Remove obstructions and combustibles from around the pump motor air vents and heater top vents.

·    Make sure all chemicals are properly stored (away from equipment).

·    Make sure the heater is functioning properly.

·    Make sure there is no gas smell around the heater.

·    Make sure all grounding and bonding wires are connected, and in good condition.

·    Make sure all wiring connections are tight and clean, and all wiring and electrical equipment are in good condition.