My Pool Leaks - I think I Have A Pool Leak


Pool Leaks

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 Suction Leaks:


1.) Most likely problem: A Pump Lid O-Ring that has not been COMPLETELY pulled off the Lid, had all contacting Surfaces Cleaned, and Lubed with a Pool Lube (Vaseline Eats Rubber. Don't Use It!).


2.) Skimmer Weir is Stuck in the Up Position.


3.) The Fitting at the Front of the Pump is Seeping Air. (Second most common. Pick up some waterproof Tub and Tile Silicone. Shut off pump. Fill Pump basket with water to intake pipe level. Tighten on lid. Spread a dollop of silicone on your finger. As you turn on the equipment, spread that silicone into the joint between the intake pipe and the front of the pump. LEAVE THE EQUIPMENT RUNNING! In 4-5 minutes wipe off the excess from the pipe / Front of the pump. LEAVE THE EQUIPMENT RUNNING FOR ANOTHER HOUR OR SO. )


4.) You have Valves that are Seeping Air.


5.) Your Pump Seal has Failed.


6.) Other leaks from the pump area ...


Plumbing Leaks
        Underground Leaks:


    Chlorine stabilizer remains in a pool until the water it bonds with is removed via draining, backwashing, overfilling the pool, or, ... as a result of a leak in the pool, the equipment or the plumbing. Once your chlorine stabilizer reading is where it should be, it should stay ok until the next drain requires you to re-add it. If this is not the case, you could have a leak. Mark where your water level is n your tile, Shut off your water leveler, and in 24 hours mark where the new water level is. Normal evaporation is about 3 1/2 -4" a week in Phoenix in the summer, so if you only loose 1/2-3/4" in a day, you do not have a bad leak that is worth hunting down. (For further info see "Leak Detection")
         On occasion you can get a leak at the top of the pump, or at another fitting in your pool, but you can clearly see where the leak is. Click on this topic for more information.
            Structural leaks include Bond Beam Separation (Top of tile) & Cracks in walls, steps, skimmers, tile itself, Skimmer separation from pool, ...   
            The filter housing can seep water right through the walls of the filter, there can be leaks at the bulkhead fittings, or there can be a leak at the dome or where the upper and lower halves of the filter meet.
        This is where you believe you are loosing water, or you cannot keep good chemical readings, or you are getting real dirt blown into your pool, even without storms, ...