should i put vaselien on my rubber gaskets?

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.

Can I use Vaseline on my pump and filter o-rings?

– Mike, from Orlando, FL

Well, Mike, no, you do not want to use Vaseline on your rubber gaskets for pool equipment. The petroleum-based jelly eats away the rubber, causing the rubber to stretch, or tear sooner than normal. The preferred pool o-ring lube is a Teflon or Silicone base to keep the rubber soft and supple.

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