‘Why Won’t My Pool Pump Prime?’

Priming a pool pump is part of the basic maintenance that will keep your backyard pool clean. Priming involves flushing air out of the pump system so that it creates a strong enough suction to maintain a constant water flow.

But what if your pool pump won’t prime?

Check to see if the issue is something you can easily remedy.

Pool Water Level Too Low

If your pool is an in-ground one, then the water level should reach the halfway point on the skimmer opening. If it’s too low, the skimmer could be taking in excess air that prevents your pump from priming.

If you have an above ground pool, then you need to make sure the pump is located close to the pool, ideally within 10 feet. It too should be at water level.

Clogged Strainer Basket or Too Little Water in the Strainer Basket

Shut off the pump and close off all the valves. Open your pump strainer basket and remove any debris that might be clogging it. Do this for the skimmer basket, too. Also, fill the strainer with water before you try running the pump again.

Poor Seal on Strainer Basket

Your pump needs to be properly sealed to create the suction needed to prime it. Verify that the gasket on the cover of the strainer basket is snug and well-lubricated.

Closed Valves

Once you’re ready to prime your pump and run it, you should have at least one discharge and one suction valve open to maintain water flow.

Pool pump still not priming? You might have a leak in the system. Call Somar Pools for help with identifying and repairing your Miami backyard pool problems.