Putting A Stop To Pool Filter Housing Leaks

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If you have kids splashing around in your pool every day, you do all that you can to keep as much of the pool water inside the pool in other ways. If the pool filter housing is leaking, you are losing valuable water and possibly experiencing reduced performance of the filtration system. Here, you will learn how to repair the leak in your filter housing quickly and easily.

Find the Leaks

While the filtration system is running, inspect the filter housing and hoses for leaks. Use a permanent marker to put a small mark on the areas that are leaking. If you are having a difficult time finding the leaks, you can use a small amount of washable craft paint to coat the housing box. As the leak continues the craft paint will wash away and show you exactly where the water is coming from.

Make the Repairs

Before you make the repairs, you want to get the filter housing box as clean and dry as possible. Use a little bit of rubbing alcohol to wipe the outside of the filter housing with a clean rag. If you find areas that will not come clean, you may need to use a little bit of mineral spirits on a clean rag to clean it.

Once the filter housing is clean and dry, you can begin making the repairs. Use fine grit sandpaper to scour the area where the crack is. This will help the sealant you will be using to adhere to the plastic. Give the housing box a quick wipe to remove any dust from the sanding before continuing.

Now, you are ready to seal the cracks. Load a caulking gun with a tube of silicone caulk. Pull the trigger and begin the flow of silicone on an old rag or piece of paper. Apply the silicone with the caulking gun. Use your finger or a putty knife to smooth the caulk over the crack. You want coverage about an inch around the crack on every side. This will ensure that the crack is fully sealed and that it will not be losing any more water.

Note: Another option for silicone caulking is plastic epoxy. The epoxy will dry to a harder finish than the silicone and may help seal the crack for a longer period of time.

Do not expect this fix to last forever. This should be used as a temporary fix until you can purchase a new filter housing for your pool. Talk to your local pool experts (like Shawnee Pools) about having it replaced soon.

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Home Repair Tips for the Novice

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