Can I claim it on insurance?

Insurance policies can vary from company to company so it is important to check what is covered.
Theft of goods is covered by most insurance policies and covers products like pool cleaners and filters.
Filters are not usually covered for any form of damage as they are a passive product. If they break, split or leak and it is not a manufacturing fault covered under warranty then it may not be covered.
Pumps are sometimes covered under fusion however this requires the motor to be fused and does not include seized bearings, old age, corrosion or any other damage. Fire or storm damage to equipment is often fully covered while fused pumps are depreciated as below.

When claiming insurance there are a few important things to take into consideration:
a) How old is the product?
Pool equipment is generally depreciated at 10% per year making it worthless after 10 years. You may only be paid the depreciated worth not the full replacement value.
b) Do you have an excess or no-claim bonus?
If you have an excess (usually $100 – $300) or a no-claim bonus consider whether it is worth lodging a claim.

Pumps today can range from $350-$700 for most home swimming pools. After depreciating the value for age and deducting your excess will it be worth claiming?

Contact your insurance company for more information.

How to prime a pool pump!

When re-installing a pool pump it must be primed so it is full of water and ready to operate. The water flowing through the pool pump helps keep it cool so a lack of water flow can cause serious damage.

a)First reconnect the pump and both the suction (from pool) and outlet (to filter) pipes to it.
b)Cartridge filters – ensure your cartridge is clean first.
Sand filters or DE filters – turn filter multiport handle to recirculate or auxiliiary filter.
c)Remove the clear hair and lint pot lid from the front of the pump. Fill the pump as much as possible with water and replace the lid.
d)Switch on the pump. Within 30 seconds to a minute water should start pouring into the pump and you should start seeing bubbles coming out of the return jets in the pool. If the hair and lint pot on the pump is empty after this time, stop the pump and repeat steps c and d.
e)If pump remains full when switched off and starts pumping immediately when turned back on then your pump is now primed. Switch the pump off, turn the handle back to filter (sand or d/e) and then turn it back on and you are back in business.