How to test for suction side air leaks

How to test for suction side air leaks

One of the most aggravating areas of pool maintenance has to be water pressure issues. Whether these invisible gremlins rear their head in symptoms like your pump is not pushing water like it used, can’t/loses prime, or air bubbles, it can be a real struggle finding the source. Lucky for you, there are a couple of really easy tricks to finding the source of a suction side air leak.

There are three popular, and more importantly simple ways for locating a sucking air leak, one using smoke, the soapy water, and lastly, shaving cream.

 

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Poolside Chat Episode #24: Can I Use Vaseline On My O-Rings?

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Can I use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on my pump and filter o-rings?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

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Finding a Leak in an Above Ground Pool

I have really good news and really bad news when it comes to having a leak in an above ground swimming pool. The really good news is that once you find the leak, it’s usually super easy to repair. The bad news is (yeah, you probably guessed it) finding the leak is difficult. Locating a leak in an above ground is so difficult that I don’t offer it as part of my services. Even if it’s the off-season and I’m broke, I’ll turn down a job to detect a leak. There are many cases where the leak is never found in an above ground and the only solution is to replace the entire liner. So now that I’ve scared you and lowered your expectations, let me give you some instruction on how to find a leak. (more…)

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I Think My Above Ground Pool Is Leaking

You think your pool is leaking? Oh boy. OK, first thing, do not attempt to look for a leak in an above ground swimming pool if you only think it has a leak. Instead, only attempt to find a leak in a pool when you know it has a leak. This simple rule will save you a lot of unnecessary irritation. As I write this blog post, there are many people (maybe thousands) who are looking for something that isn’t there. Trust me, it’s true. You may even be one of them. I’ve heard pool owners say things like, “My pool only leaks in the fall” and “My pool was leaking and then it stopped.” These types of statements usually tell me that it probably doesn’t have a leak and is instead losing water due to evaporation. (more…)

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