Install an Above-Ground Pool Pump in 5 Steps

above ground pool in the installation process
What You'll Need
Pool pump
Pool filter
Paving stones
What You'll Need
Pool pump
Pool filter
Paving stones

Your above-ground pool pump is a key feature that, along with the filter and water treatments, will maintain your swimming pool water in the safest, most pristine condition for the comfort and pleasure of all its users. Proper installation and maintenance are the secrets to ensuring it works effectively at all times.

Note that, while pool pumps for above-ground pools are designed to be installed and cared for by the owner, the electrical connections for the pump motor and power plug must be installed by a certified electrician for safety, and to comply with warranty and insurance specifications.

Step 1 - Select a Location for the Pool Pump

Find a spot to locate the pool pump and filter unit close together, as near the pool's skimmer outlet as possible. The pool pump must sit level on the ground, well below the pool water level, to ensure steady water flow and prevent air bubbles from forming in pipes and hoses.

Place and level two large paving stones at the site and set the assembled pool pump and filter on them.

Step 2 - Attach the Pool Pump Hoses to the Corresponding Parts of the Pool

Cleaning a pool filter

Attach one pump hose to the skimmer pipe below the skimmer basket. Place the hose over the pipe first, make a tight seal with a hose clamp, and then attach the other end to the pump. Tighten the hose clamp screw at the pump end.

The return hose is coupled next. First, attach it to the return fitting pipe on the pool, and then secure the clamp firmly. The other end of this hose connects to the pool filter return valve, generally found on the top of the filter unit. Create a tight seal with the hose clamp.

Step 3 - Connect the Pool Pump to the Pool Filter

Finally, make the second connection between the pool pump and the pool filter. This is for the filter's discharge or wastewater valve. If your model of pool filter has a twinned pipe or union to connect it to the above-ground pool pump, attach the correct section to the pool pump.

Use a pair of water pump pliers to tighten and seal the connection. If not, use another piece of hose to join the filter and pool pump. Attach and secure with hose clamps at both pipe-hose junctions.

Step 4 - Prime and Activate the Pool Pump

above ground pool on paver patio

Prepare the pool pump to operate by priming it. It will fill to a designated level with water. Ensure the filter is ready to use by filling it with the filtering medium, either sand or DE, or by installing the cartridge, depending on the filter type.

Plug in the electrical connections for the pool pump and the pool filter. The pool pump should immediately start to circulate the pool water and assist the filter in its operation.

Step 5 - Check all Hoses and Connections for Leaks and Listen

Inspect all hoses and connections. Turn the hose clamp screws to tighten further if needed. Listen for smooth quiet running of both the pool pump and pool filter.