Keeping a pool well-maintained is important for homeowners looking to maximize the life expectancy of their pools. As one of the few moving parts in a pool, pumps are unfortunately quite vulnerable to breaking over time.
Thankfully, homeowners can expect to significantly increase their pool pump’s life expectancy through careful routine maintenance. Below is an explanation of some repair strategies that homeowners can employ to get the most out of their pool investment.
Types of Pump Leaks
Pool owners should be vigilant to keep an eye out for common types of pump leaks. Most leaks occur either at the connection to pipes or where the pipes connect to the motor. Generally, the connectors are the weakest spots and are therefore most vulnerable to causing a leak. Along the pipes themselves, leaks are rare unless they are made from metal materials or physical damage takes place.
Since these pipes are usually buried, homeowners generally do not need to worry about leaks occurring on the pipes themselves. In order to form a suction, pumps must have an air intake and are therefore vulnerable to a leak in this location. Homeowners should also keep an eye out for leaks where the water is being discharged. Most pools are closed-systems to save water and leaks can therefore be quite costly even in places where the water has already been processed.
Pump leaks occurring where the suction intake is located are quite common. Since most pumps are located underground, detection can be difficult and homeowners should focus on looking for mere signs of a potential leak. A pump that seems to have difficulty starting or pumping water could be experiencing a suction leak. Additionally, some pumps having this type of leak may not be able to move water at all.
Some suction leaks can be created when the filter is full and needs to be cleaned. Pools can get toys, bugs, or even animals stuck in the pool’s intake, leading to a suction leak or clog. Since these leaks inhibit the pool’s ability to safely filter the water, it is important to take prompt action when a potential suction leak is detected.
Discharge leaks are the opposite of a suction leak, causing water to leak out after it has already been processed by the pool’s filtration system. One of the most common signs of a discharge leak is seeing water spraying or dripping where pipes are connected to the pump. This may even start to cause puddles to occur near the pool.
Homeowners who get their pumps professionally inspected annually will be able to know for sure if their pump is leaking at the point of discharge, but signs of discharge leaks can often be detected manually. If signs of discharge leaks are noticed, pool owners should seek professional assistance immediately.
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Whether looking for a new install or just getting an inspection, Alpha and Omega Pool Services can help. Give us a call today at (702)-560-7665 or fill out the contact form on our website to learn more!