The pump is the heart of your pool’s filtration system; without it, your pool would lose its sparkle and soon turn green.

Choosing the right pump for your pool will ensure you experience fewer problems and more efficient energy use and running costs, not to mention better pool water clarity.

Whether you’re after a pump for a new pool or a replacement pump for an existing pool, Paramount Pools can provide an energy-efficient pump for the job.

We are proud to be associated with and provide Waterco pumps.  Waterco pumps – Incorporating the latest technology to deliver the right combination of performance and energy savings, Waterco’s pumps are reliable and built to the highest standards.

Related: Swimming pool heat pumps & Waterco Electro Ultra Low Heat Pump


Hydrostorm Plus Pump

Efficient Impeller and Diffuser Design The pump’s impeller and diffuser design maximize the hydraulic output of the pump while minimising turbulence. The pump’s efficient hydraulic performance shortens run times and reduces energy consumption leading to lower operating costs.


Lacronite Pump

This can be used as a direct replacement for the Pentair Sta-Rite 5P2R series of pumps and the Hayward Super pumps. The wet-end dimensions are the same and alterations to plumbing should not be needed.


Aquamite Pump

The Aquamite is a compact pump ideal for domestic swimming pools and small recirculation systems including ponds and water features


Hydrotuf Pump

The Hydrotuf is ideal for large domestic pools where extra flow rate is required i.e. swim jets, water fountains etc.


Turbo Spa Pump

TurboFlo is a hydraulically efficient, high-performance pump designed for pools and spas with high power requirements. It has an adjustable wet end which can be configured to suit up to five different plumbing conditions.


Paramount Pools have supplied Waterco Products for 11 years

Waterco Head office

Waterco’s R&D division has led to the development of innovative products, meeting the challenges of change in the market place. The key to Waterco’s worldwide success has been its pioneering, innovative, rigorous testing and manufacturing processes that have resulted in quality-assured goods being delivered every time. It is for this reason alone that Paramount Pool Products are proud to be associated with such a company and are pleased to offer exclusively their range of Heat Plus heat pumps, Exotuf filters, Hydrostorm Plus pumps and Microfine Media!


What kind of pump do I need for my pool?

The pump you’ll need for your pool will depend on the size of your pool and how many litres of water that needs to be pumped, in order to clean the water. Divide the total volume of water your pool holds by 8 to get an estimate for how many m3/hr your pool needs to be pumping over the course of an 8 hour day. Then find a swimming pool circulation pump that exceeds this figure, to be on the safe side.

Does a swimming pool need a pump?

A swimming pool pump is needed to efficiently filter the water in your pool and make your water clean and safe to swim. Without a pump, plant debris and insects would contaminate your water and the chemicals you treat the water with would not be properly circulated throughout the pool.

What does a swimming pool pump do?

A swimming pool pump works by pulling in the water from the pool, pushing it through a filter and then circulating it back around the pool. The filter traps the dirt and debris that would otherwise contaminate the water, whilst the circulation helps distribute any chemical treatments you add.

How long does a swimming pool pump last?

Swimming pool pumps can last up to 10 years, depending on their build quality and usage. Major pool pump manufacturers offering swimming pool pumps for sale will tend to offer warranties on their equipment which will cover different components of the pump (wet end, motor, mechanical seal) for varying lengths of time. 

Is it better to run a pool pump at night or day?

It’s better to run your pool pump during the day when it is in regular use, as this is when it needs to be working to clean your water. It may better to run your pool pump at night when you have just applied a major chemical treatment, such as an algae clean-up.

Can I replace a 1 HP pool pump with a 1.5 HP?

You can replace a full rated 1 HP pool pump with an uprated 1.5 HP pool pump, as they will both have the same total horsepower. The pool pumps you’re working with may not be labelled as uprated or full rated. In these cases, make sure that the horsepowers are equivalent before buying the replacement.

Is it OK to run a pool pump 24 hours a day?

It’s OK to run your pool pump for 24 hours a day, however, it may prove to be expensive and unnecessary, depending on your needs. A residential swimming pool’s water should be turned over at least once a day, however a commercial pool that is in more frequent use should be turned over 2 to 3 times a day. Depending on the size of the pool and flow rate of your pump, this could necessitate having the pool pump on for 24 hours. 

Can I replace my pool pump myself?

You can replace your pool pump yourself if you are confident with how your pool works and have the necessary tools to do so. If you do not have the requisite skills to replace the pump yourself, then you can buy the pump and hire a professional to install the part which may give you added peace of mind but will come at an additional cost.

Why is my pool pump running but not pumping water?

If your pool pump is running but not pumping water then this could indicate a number of issues. Your pump basket could be clogged, the impeller could be blocked, a pipe or skimmer could also be clogged. Alternatively, your pump may have an air leak, which could lead to a reduction in filter pressure.

How do you unclog a pool pump?

To unclog a pool pump first turn off the water and the electric mains supply to the pump. Then locate and clear the filter basket of any twigs or debris that may have caused the pump to be clogged. Replace the filter and turn on the pump to see if this works. If the pump is still clogged then you may need to inspect and clean the impeller.

Why is my pool pump losing prime?

Pool pumps lose prime usually as a result of many problems such as leaks in the suction side of the pump (between the pump and the pool) or clogged baskets. Your pool water level might also be too low, causing excess air to be drawn into the system. Your strainer basket might have no water in it, or there may be leaks in your fittings, or your impeller could be clogged.

How much does it cost to replace a pool pump?

The cost of replacing your pool pump will depend on the size pump that you are purchasing, the manufacturer and whether you choose to hire a professional to complete the fitting or would rather do it yourself. A swimming pool pump can cost as little as £600, whereas the cost of fitting will vary depending on who you hire. 

How can you tell if your pool pump is going bad?

Your pool pump is going bad if you notice that it’s leaking water or making a screeching noise. These are signs that your pool pump’s bearings need replacing and may not require a complete replacement. Look for signs of rust or oxidation, as these make it more difficult for the bearings to do their job.

When should I replace my pool pump?

Your pool pump should be replaced when it no longer functions, which is usually between 8 to 15 years after having it fitted. The lifespan of your swimming pool water pump will depend on the build quality, the amount of usage it gets and water conditions. 

How long should I run my pool pump every day?

You should run your pool pump for 8 hours every day in order to circulate and clean the water properly. You may need to run your pump for more or less time, depending on the size of your pool and the flow rate of your pump. Make sure you buy a pool pump with the right flow rate to avoid spending more on powering it in the long run.

Should you turn off your pool pump while swimming?

You shouldn’t turn off your pool pump whilst swimming as this is when you are most likely to need it to filter out dirt or any debris that is brought in by swimmers.

How often should you backwash a pool?

You should backwash your pool as often as is necessary, depending on your conditions. Backwash when you notice an increase in your PSI pressure reading, or if there’s a decrease in the flow of water into your pool or if your water clarity has dipped and is starting to look cloudy.

Do pool pumps use a lot of electricity?

Pool pumps often use the most electricity compared with any other appliance related to the pool or home. The costs of running a pool pump can be as much as £300 per year, depending on how often you run it and how large your pool is. 

For example, an Intex or BestWay above-ground pool pump will cost significantly less to run than an in-ground swimming pool pump system, due to the size of the pool and amount of water needed to be pumped through the system.

Should pool pump run all the time?

Your pool pump should not have to be run all the time in order to ensure clean water. A general rule of thumb is 8 hours per day whilst the pool is in regular use, this ensures that the water is safe to swim in whenever you wish to use it.