Waterco is an Australian manufacturer of filtration systems for pools and spas of all sizes. Most systems are simple enough, consisting of only a filter cartridge that cleans the water and a pump mechanism that recycles it. The pieces that make up each system are made largely from PVC pipe, so installation is easy and does not require a long list of tools. A properly installed Waterco filter and pump will keep your pool's water clean, clear and inviting year round.
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Things you need
- PVC pipe cutter
- PVC glue
- Teflon tape
- Breeze blocks
Place the larger filter body on a firm surface that is flat and level, orienting it so that it is about 4 to 5 feet away and faces the pool. Set the smaller pump mechanism in front of the filter body, making sure both are aligned.
Locate the valve inlet and outlet ports on the filter body. They are labelled accordingly with raised lettering. Attach the Multiport valve plumbing kit to the body so that the ports correspond. All connecting pipes arrive separate from the kit and will now need to be attached.
Cut the provided PVC pipe and fittings to size using a PVC pipe cutter. Some kits will arrive with pre-cut pieces, but others contain pipe that is marked for easy cutting. Follow the cut lines carefully to ensure proper fit for the pipe and fittings. These pipes will connect the inlet and outlet pump ports to the Multiport valves.
Connect the pipe extending from the pump mechanism's outlet to the Multiport's inlet valve. Both of these will be labelled with raised lettering.
Attach the fittings to each port on the Multiport valve plumbing kit and thread your pool's return hoses into them. The fittings are included in the kit and serve as an adaptor for the connection of the hoses to the filter body. Depending on your type of pool, the arrangement of the hoses may vary. A helpful link regarding fitting connectibity is located in the "Resources" section.
Glue the Multiport kit fittings, pump outlet pipe and pool return hoses into place using PVC glue. Ensure that all pipes and fittings are correctly connected and aligned before gluing. Allow the glue to set for 24 hours before continuing.
Locate the two threaded ports on top of the filter body -- these are for the air release valve and pressure gauge, which are both included in the kit. Place the included rubber O-ring over the air release valve's brass threads and screw it into its designated port.
Wrap Teflon tape once clockwise around the brass threading on the pressure gauge. Screw it into its designated port and hand-tighten.
Place several breeze blocks on the foundation plate of the filter body to secure it in place.
Tips and warnings
- Most Waterco kits come with detailed connection instructions regarding a pool's return hoses. For a more detailed description of this procedure, consult the provided manual.
- You may wish to drill bolt holes into the foundation ground to hold the filtration more firmly in place. This will require a concrete drill and appropriately sized bit. Use long steel bolts and a large wrench to anchor the foundation plate to the ground.
- Do not attempt to tighten the pressure gauge with any sort of wrench or lever. This is a combustion hazard.
- Hand tighten the PVC fittings only. Tightening them with a wrench can strip the plastic threads and render the fittings useless.
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