Swimming Pool Blog

- Plumbing & Leaks
  • How to Pressure Test Pool Lines
    Rob Cox
    How to use a pressure testing stick to pressure test pool plumbing lines. In a previous post (5 years ago!), I showed you how to build a pressure testing rig for your pool lines, and at the end I promised a follow-up post on how to use the pressure testing tool. Well, here it is, better late than never! :-)
    Tuesday, April 04, 2017 3:04 PM
  • Using Fix-A-Leak to Fix Pool Leaks
    Mark Garcia
    When speaking with a Marlig rep recently, he impressed on me that using Fix-A-Leak successfully to fix pool leaks requires process and procedure. "You don't just pour it in and walk away". Here then is the best way to use Fix-A-Leak to stop leaks in pools, and how to reverse water flow, or put your pipes under pressure, to force Fix-A-Leak into the cracks or voids. 
    Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:31 PM
  • Air Bubbles in Pool Returns
    Rob Cox
    Is air constantly blowing or bubbling back into the pool? Air in the pool returns means you have air in the pool pump. Here's the Top Ten reasons Why, and How to Fix It ~
    Tuesday, December 08, 2015 3:37 PM
  • Swimming Pool Plumbing Leak Repair
    Pool Plumbing Repair Tips; how to make your own pool plumbing fixes!
    Saturday, November 28, 2015 9:12 AM
  • Inground Pool Light Leak Repair
    Rob Cox
    How to troubleshoot and fix a pool light leak, and how to test to see if a pool light conduit is leaking.
    Friday, July 03, 2015 12:52 PM
  • Replacing a Pool Pump Pipe Fitting
    Rob Cox
    My friend whose pool has been featured on this blog several times has again suffered pool problems, which makes for another unique teaching opportunity.This time it's the pipe that goes into the pump, it has shrunken from heat. He admitted to accidentally leaving incoming valves closed (skimmer/main drain) after cleaning the pump basket, and it seems that the pump ran all night without any water running through it to keep it cool.
    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 8:39 AM
  • Pool Leak Detection Tools
    mark garcia
    Today's post Gets Geeky on Leak Detection equipment used by professional leak detection companies. Products featured by Anderson Mfg. Co., maker of test equipment and repair supplies for leak detection
    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:02 AM
  • Sylvan Pool Flex Pipe Skimmer Repair
    Rob Cox
    Sylvan Pools from '75 to '95 were built using flexpipe to connect the skimmer pipes, under the pool deck. This will fail eventually - here's how to make your own Sylvan Skimmer Flex Pipe Repair.
    Friday, May 08, 2015 2:52 PM
  • Swimming Pool Valve Replacements
    Some tips on when to consider re-valving your suction and return valves, and a few tips on actually doing it. This was one of my favorite jobs to do.
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:26 PM
  • Pool Skimmer Replacement
    Mark Garcia
    How to replace an inground pool skimmer - after reading this, you may not want to! Pool putty is a lot cheaper and very effective! But, if you are committed to replacing an inground pool skimmer, here's how you can do it.
    Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:40 PM
  • Pool Plumbing: Jandy Valves Replacement
    Rob Cox
    yo boy!How do you like the plumbing job featured left? It's the worst bit of pool plumbing I've ever seen! And to top it off - this was the finished pool pipe rehab! This DIY pool plumber has made a real mess of the pool plumbing, with unnecessary turns and twists, fittings and unions. And, what bothers me the most, is that he left the old brass ball valves on the return lines. Ugh.
    Friday, May 03, 2013 5:16 PM