I've owned a pool for about 1 month so far and up until now I didn't realize that you were supposed to prime the pool pump! I watched some videos on Youtube about how to do this, but it is not clear when this step is necessary. I reasoned it was not necessary because the pump seemed to "self-prime", although a lot of air was getting into the lines.
Here is my understanding for when it makes sense to pour a bucket of water in to help things along:
1. After backwashing the sand filter.
2. After cleaning the pump strainer basket.
Situations where you DON'T need to prime the pump:
1. Turning the pumps on and off under daily cycling. This is probably obvious because if the pump is on a timer, you wouldn't be around to prime when it kicks on. However, not sure how long between cycles the system stays pressurized.
Any helpful feedback is appreciated!