During the winter season, most homeowners turn off their water pump to save energy and make the water pump last longer.
Some homeowners are unaware of the risk of turning it off like for example, losing its water pressureThat’s the reason why the water pump has to be primed again so it works perfectly upon using.
If you’re facing the same concern after the winter months, fret no more. If you want to prime your water pump by yourself, we can show you an easy guide on how to do it the right way.
How to Prime the Water Pump Right?
- Always wear protective gear or PPE
Safety is the top priority as always. Before working on anything that involves possible risks for your safety, make sure that you wear personal protective equipment. Never perform any task without using protective gear.
- Shut the power off upon working
As part of the safety measures, never work with the power on. Make sure that before you begin the task, the power source should be shut down. You’re working on water pumps here. It’s no secret that water and electricity don’t get along quite well.
Take a good look at the breaker panel and the base of the pump to verify if all the power sources are shut down or unplugged. Do this with safety precautions ensuring that your hands are not wet.
- Find a Plumbing Fixture
To perform the task correctly, you will need to go through the pump system. For you to do so, you’ll have to search for a plumbing fixture. The plumbing fixture will help you reach the nearest fixture by the water tank.
If you have a pool pump instead of a plumbing fixture, you will need to look for the strainer basket. Take help from a friend if you need, as it will make the task easier and faster.
- Assess the Pump
Assess the overall condition of the pump and check for any possible damages that’s causing the problem. Check for cracks or leaks through the fittings or piping. Verify if the drain plugs need further tightening, over time it gets loose with constant use and operation. If it’s getting loose, make sure to retighten it. Also take a look at the valves and test if it’s still working. If not, you might need to fix it or replace it entirely if the damage is too much.
Keep in mind that you will need to check your pump and its hardware like the bolts and nuts from time to time if you shut it down for the winter season. The cold weather can affect the prime’s effectiveness and you can avoid this if there are maintenance checks often.
- Test the hose and the valves
Check one of your garden hoses and run some water through it. Keep running the water until you’re seeing a much more crystal clear clean water flowing through it. This can help you gauge whether the water pumps are working well or not.
If you’re seeing debris or discoloration from the water after a few attempts, check the hose if it needs cleaning or replacement. Careful not to drink from it since the water might be contaminated with lead or other harmful contaminants.
Also, you will need to open the valves and put a halt of its pressure. The pressure can also affect the water pump’s prime and it’s important to stop it first so it can work. Monitor its pressure gauge as well.
- Install the Hose
After all the strenuous checks and fixing damages, it’s about time to install the house back to the water tank source. Make sure you fit it tightly to avoid any leaks. This is only applicable if you’re using a standard water pump. But if you’re using a pool pump at home, attach the hose to the strainer basket instead.
- Check if it works and turn the water on
Now the moment of truth, test the water pump by turning on the source. To know if it works perfectly again, you should hear the water flowing through the water tank. Also check if the pressure gauge is increasing or moving. If it’s working well with no issues, you’re good to go.
On the other hand, test the pool pumps by checking the strainer bank if it’s filled with water. Once you notice that there’s water flowing on the other end of the hose, just turn off the water hose. It should work by now.
- Turn the Power Source On
Once everything goes well with priming the water pump, just turn on the power source and let it run smoothly back to its normal operation. Have the pump run some water for at least a minute. Check all the relief valves if there’s water flowing before tightening them back to its place.
If you notice that the pump turns off by itself, it’s a good sign that it has been primed. But if it hasn’t you may have to repeat the steps again until it works.
- Call for an Expert Plumber
If after a few attempts, it’s still not working. It’s time to call for professional help. It must be a serious problem that needs to be addressed by experts. If you’re not experienced enough to assess and resolve the problem, never attempt to fix it yourself. It will only bring damage rather than a solution to the problem. Also, don’t wait it out for a long time or else you’re just prolonging the damage. Just have it fixed immediately.