Pool pump far from pool. Move it or leave it?

Earthman Bob

Bronze Supporter
Mar 25, 2019
78
Long Island
I'm about to undertake a major yard project, with hardscaping, pool resurfacing and more. I've met with several pool companies, and have gotten about as many opinions on various aspects of the job, ranging from best materials for resurfacing, to whether I should take this opportunity to change the skimmers, the plumbing, etc. I'll post some pics and ask a lot of questions soon, but for now, I'll start with a question about the optimal distance of the pool from the pump.

Right now, the pump is likely 4' below the grade of the pool surface and about 90 feet from the pool. All equipment is located by the side of the house. I'm going to be doing some grading and will be raising the grade where the pump and equipment currently reside. So that will require temporarily moving the whole setup and building a pad once graded. While I'm doing that, I'll redo the entire manifold and change some of the valves from those plastic valves, to Jandy Never Lubes. The question of the moment is, should I take this opportunity to move the whole pump setup closer to the pool?

I've heard that moving it closer will save power when using the pump. Also, it'll make the heater work more efficiently, instead of heating the ground.

On the downside, moving the pump will require running new electric service a long way out. Also, I'm currently using the old oil heater that came with the house. So I'd also need to run an oil line out to the new location. (I'll eventually change to a heat pump, but need to avoid that cost at the moment.)

I'd like to take the path of least resistance and leave it all where it is. On the other hand, it's being removed anyway, so if there's ever an opportunity to move it, this is it. Is it worth it?

Thanks for your input!
 

Soupy

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 23, 2011
156
Maryland
Sounds like you might be replacing all the plumbing between the pool and the pad anyways? Just increase the size and you can cut down on pump losses there, maybe go to 3". Probably easier than extending the oil lines.
 

Earthman Bob

Bronze Supporter
Mar 25, 2019
78
Long Island
Sounds like you might be replacing all the plumbing between the pool and the pad anyways? Just increase the size and you can cut down on pump losses there, maybe go to 3". Probably easier than extending the oil lines.
Love this forum. Yeah, I'm thinking of changing the plumbing before doing all the paving. I got a very reasonable price on doing that. That's a whole other thread, in terms of whether to just pressure test, and then leave it be if OK, or to change the plumbing, now that the ground will be ripped up anyway.

So a 3" line will cut down on pump losses... Any downside to the larger pipe, other than the cost? And if we went with 3", where does the transition from the size of the PVC at the manifold transition to the 3"?
 

Earthman Bob

Bronze Supporter
Mar 25, 2019
78
Long Island
I'm just looking at my photos of the excavation we were doing a couple of years ago to add a drywell and geothermal, and found these showing the pool pipes running across the drywell. The pool is to the left. To me, it looks like they were using 3" PVC already. Note the pipe the excavators broke. (They fixed it too.)


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