swimming pool plumbing vavle guide

Pool Plumbing Valve Guide

Valves are an unsung hero of pool equipment because they allow us to control the flow of thousands of gallons water with the twist of a handle. However, the only time you most likely wondered how they worked was when they didn’t work. These pieces of metal and plastic have various designs and applications suited for specific jobs, and the key is knowing when to use which valve. This walk-through of the various types of swimming pool plumbing valves should give you the knowledge you need. Let’s begin! (more…)

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What does my pool diverter valve control?

What Does My Valve Control?

Good question; strike that, great question!  This topic is brought up quite often by puzzled pool owners presented with a rat’s nest of pipes, elbows, valves and pumps. The state of some pool plumbing systems makes you wonder if they charged by the hour or by the pipe. The maze of PVC and excessive valves causes an issue when attempting to find the source or outlet of water flow.

Another common reason we have trouble identifying a pool diverter valve’s function is the label may have bleached out or fallen off. These are natural occurrences that we normally do not think about until we are squinting to read faded print on a baked label. But we are here today to let you know a little trick on identifying the function of your valve in both of these cases. (more…)

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Bubbles coming out of my pool return line

Why Do I Keep Getting Bubbles In My Jets?

Everybody loves a bubble bath, show me a person who doesn’t and I’ll show you a liar. Bubbles are fun but for pool owners bubbles represent a time for panic. For us, bubbles are no longer the sign of fun in the sun and frolicking, they are a harbinger of doom. Ok, that was a little excessive but you get the point. A stream of bubbles is a sign of the unwanted presence of air within our pool’s plumbing system. This air is likely the cause of a sucking air leak from a pump, union or diverter gasket. The leaks and the air pockets they form will lower water pressure and greatly decrease the capacity of our filter system. (more…)

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