Swimming Pool Blog

- Plumbing & Leaks
  • The Most Common Pool Leak
    Rob Cox
    My cousin Joe sent me an email with the subject line: The Pool is Leaking. Knowing his pool the way I do, I immediately emailed him back a response. Lay on the deck and lean over to look inside the skimmer. Look for any cracks at the point where the plastic skimmer meets the white plaster. If you see any debris sucked into these cracks or voids, a pool putty repair is indicated." I love trying to sound like a doctor! Joe found the cracks and the debris, cleaned it up a bit and made a pool putty repair (described below).
    Wednesday, October 03, 2012 1:49 PM
  • Winter Pool Leak Detection
    Rob Cox
    Winter pool leaks are no fun to find and fix. The water is cold and so is the concrete that you lay on. It is important however to keep the pool full, for the reasons mentioned above. If you cannot locate it, and want to wait until spring, keep the pool filled with a garden hose during winter, and be sure to pump off solid covers promptly, until you can fix this winter pool leak - in the spring!
    Friday, January 13, 2012 5:05 PM
  • Jandy Valves - Deconstructed
    Rob Cox
    Over the years, I have found that many pool owners, having never looked inside of a Jandy Valve, have trouble understanding how they work. Jandy Valves are quite simple, as I hope this blog post will demonstrate.
    Monday, July 11, 2011 10:28 AM
  • Pool Skimmer Care & Repair
    Rob Cox
    Pool skimmers come in many types and sizes. Some are free floating in the pool, but most pool skimmers are attached to the wall of the pool. Water passes a free-floating weir, which accelerates flow into the skimmer, and keeps it trapped when the pump shuts off. Your pump pulls the surface water of your pool into the skimmer basket, accessed through a top lid.
    Sunday, May 22, 2011 2:49 PM
  • How to Install a Pool Skimmer Weir
    Rob Cox
    Check your skimmer weirs today, making sure they are not broken, missing parts or becoming stuck on the sidewalls of the skimmer. For such situations, replacement is in order. Buy the skimmer weir that matches the width of your skimmer, as measured across the front of the plastic skimmer opening, where it meets the wall of the pool. Here's a video to show how easy it is to install your own pool skimmer weirs.
    Friday, April 29, 2011 9:21 AM
  • How's the pool water level - is your pool leaking?
    Rob Cox
    Any pool type leaking during winter should not be allowed to drain completely. This can cause havoc on vinyl or concrete pools. Add water to your pool if a leaking pool drops within 1 foot from the shallow end floor. Vinyl liners will relax and wrinkle, possibly cracking or "snapping", and concrete pools risk cracking, drying of plaster finish and popping out of the ground due to hydrostatic pressure.
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:10 AM
  • Air Leaks in the Lines
    air leaks in poolsThe sometimes elusive air leak can be more dangerous than a water leak. As air is sucked back into your system the pump can lose prime. When the system is turned back on it puts extra stress on the pump and can even lead to melted/warped components. In short, an air leak can damage plumbing and pump components leading to costly repairs. To prevent these drastic damages all leaks or loose connections at the equipment pool pad should be repaired promptly and correctly.
    Monday, January 18, 2010 6:01 PM
  • Major Swimming Pool Leak Repair
    Your pool water can easily become an escape artist eluding you at every turn. Fixing a leak on your pool is next to impossible when you cannot determine where you are losing water. Depending on the size of your leak you can attempt to use fix-a-leak, designed to fill voids up to 1/8 of an inch. If you are dealing with a larger leak you will have to locate and repair.
    Friday, June 05, 2009 4:26 PM
  • Leaking Pool ~ How to find a pool leak
    It's not uncommon for pool owners to notice that water seems to be leaking out of their pool after opening it for the year. But where is the leak coming from? Let's take a look and see how to find and repair swimming pool leaks.
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 2:10 PM
  • Pool Leak Detection ~ Find and Fix your leaking swimming pool!
    A leak in your swimming pool can be difficult to find, especially if it not visible. Here are some hints to help locate a leak on your pool plumbing, your pool surfaces or your pool equipment.  To help detect a leak you really need to use your detective skills. The water leaving your pool can be making its exit out of numerous connections and/or openings. There could be more than one leak.
    Saturday, May 23, 2009 11:01 AM