How To Install A Pool Pump And Filter For A Portable Pool

Portable pools allow one to enjoy swimming without worrying about the expense and hassle of digging in the yard. If you move, disassembling and transporting the pool to its new home is easy. Most portable pools use a combined pump and filter system that connects to them via a flexible hose and can be plugged into any outlet. If you want to install a pump and filter in a portable pool, you will need to gather some basic tools and you should have at least half a day to do this.

Step 1

Assemble the portable pool according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2

Attach the pump cover and filter to a board or piece of plywood to prevent damage if bent or dropped.

Step 3

Lay the board that you attached the pump to on the blocks or bricks close enough to the pool so that the power hoses reach the connectors on the side of the pool. Use the blocks or bricks to raise the pump and prevent it from submerging in case the pool leaks or overloads.

Step 4

Remove the plug from the bottom connector on the side of the pool. Insert the strainer that is included with the product into the connector, so that the strainer is on the inside side of the pool. Slide the feed line from the pump to the strainer nipple so that it extends beyond the pool. Slide the wire over the nipple and tighten the hose clamp with a screwdriver. Plug the other end of the power cord into one of the sockets on the side of the pump. Adjust the hose clamp.

Step 5

Remove the plug from the top pool connector. Insert the other strainer through the connector. Slide the return wire over the nipple and tighten the clamp. Plug the other end into the socket on the top of the pump and tighten the clamp.

Step 6

Fill the pool with water until the water level is one to two inches (2.54 cm to 5.08 cm) above the top pool connector. Open the air release valve on the top of the pool pump. Let the air out of the pump and lines through the valve and close the valve when water starts to flow from the valve.

Step 7

Plug the pump cord into a grounded outlet. Protects the cable to prevent people using the pool from tripping or snagging on it. Let the pump run until the water is clear.