Swimming Pool Plumbing Repair & Maintenance
For a homeowner, owning a swimming pool means having a fun and relaxing summer. However, there is a lot of maintenance and care that is required in order for your pool to function properly. Some of these maintenance and repair requirements are somehow related to pool plumbing. Below, we have highlighted ways on how you can detect pool plumbing leaks, and how WaterTex Pools can help you repair and maintain your swimming pool plumbing.
Common Signs of a Pool Plumbing Leak
Repairing leaking pipes, fittings, and joints can be costly. That is why homeowners with swimming pools need to pay attention to the warning signs. Pool leaks can also be challenging to detect since having water around a pool is expected. Weekly inspections of your pool equipment area can help in finding minor leaks before they have time to become a major problem.
Here are some telltale signs that you should look for:
- Consistent puddling in equipment pad area
- Water spots on pad after turning equipment off
- Saturated ground in front or behind equipment pad
- Leaking from backwash valve when not in backwash mode
- Adding excessive amounts of water to pool weekly
Swimming Pool Plumbing Maintenance: Detecting Pool Leaks
Suction Side Air Leaks
As the name suggests, the suction side draws water to the pump basket under suction. The main cause of suction side air leaks is damage to the suction pipes, valves, or gaskets. When the pump is switched on, the leak on the suction side draws air into the pipes. These leaks over time can damage the pump seals, cause motors to run hot, and even cause damage to the pumps internal parts (Impellers, diffusers) To get rid of the air leak, you should contact a pool professional to locate the suction leak and repair it correctly. Using putty or silicone is never an appropriate repair, this is only a temporary fix, and should only be done to keep your system going until a professional can come out and do an appropriate repair, or replacement of parts.
Pressure Side Leaks
Pressure side leaks occur when the pump has been turned on. After the water has passed through the impeller, it starts to flow under pressure. Any small crack will leak water when the filter pump is on, and may even when the filter pump is off. The most common leaks in swimming pool pipes on the pressure side are in the plumbing joints. Wrapping the pipe with tape, using putty or silicone may slow down the leak, but it will still leak. When repairing pressure side leak, the cracked piece needs to be cut out and replaced. WaterTex pools equipment repair specialists can assist you with this process.
Underground Pipe Leaks
Underground pipe leaks are mainly caused by tree root invasion, in-ground movement, or freeze damage. A leak detection company can perform a pressure test on the suspected pipe and use special equipment to locate the leak’s exact position. Once the leak is located, swimming pool plumbing repair experts can access the underground plumbing, which usually requires excavation, and can replace the damaged pipes.
Swimming Pool Plumbing Repair
Once a leak has been detected, it is important that you contact a swimming pool plumbing repair specialist who can repair, or replace the necessary components in you pools plumbing system, this will help to optimize your pools performance, and keep the system working as it was designed too!
After Repairs Have Been Made
Once the repairs have been completed, we recommend that you leave the system off for 3 hours, this allows the newly glued joints to cure completely, and will avoid the possibility of the pipes separating under pressure.
Contact Water Tex Pools for Your Swimming Pool Plumbing Repair and Maintenance
Swimming pool plumbing repair and maintenance can be a daunting task. However, we at WaterTex Pools have the experience needed to meet all of your swimming pool plumbing repair and maintenance needs!