Pool Pipe Repair
When you pick a company to work on your swimming pool, you want one that can be versatile regarding its abilities. It’s important to hire and deal with individuals skilled in pool plumbing. We are the person you are looking for!
While swimming pools are composed of several systems (electrical, structural), it’s no surprise that the plumbing portion is by far the most extensive component.
After all, we are talking about a reservoir capable of holding several thousand gallons of water. The average residential pool is made up of numerous drains, valves, seals, couplings, fittings and of course, a good amount of PVC galvanized and/or copper pipe.
We are knowledgeable
At our company, we realize how important it is to know the ins and outs of swimming pool plumbing repair because a problem with your plumbing system can lead to numerous issues.
When pool water doesn’t stay where it should, other areas can be seriously affected. Pump motors may break, wiring can short out, and your foundation could suffer significant damage. And a serious leak may cost you quite a bit in water bills to boot (not to mention the loss of a natural resource).
Fortunately, our dedicated staff can get things under control when it comes to pool pipe and plumbing repair.
Pool plumbing parts
Of cause, you know what a pipe is. But those only make up some of your pool’s plumbing system. Chances are you’ve heard of most of the following terms but aren’t familiar with the definitions. If so, consider this a handy primer:
A valve is a device that controls the flow of something (water, in the case of a pool). This can be done manually, as with a handle, or through automatic means such as pressure or temperature. One place you will find a seal is below the pool’s pressure gauge. When worn from use, a valve may develop a leak.
As the name implies, a seal keeps things sealed. It is an item that does this by joining two pieces together to keep water in a certain area.
Your pool’s pump unit contains some seals in various locations. An example would be the seal plate that sits between the impeller and the motor and acts as a barrier, so water does not seep into the motor. Because seals are often made of rubber, ceramic or a similar material, they will eventually degenerate over time.
Also referred to as fittings, these come in numerous shapes and sizes and are used to join pipes and other equipment together. They may be used to extend connections or change the direction of water and are often threaded.
Some PVC couplings, known as slips, have no threads and are joined with adhesives. In some cases, heavy, normal use may reduce the hold of a coupling, but improper installation may also lead to weakening and loss of integrity.
From brittle pipes to design imperfections, we can take care of any swimming pool plumbing repair needs you may have. Our technicians are on call 24 hours to handle swimming pool pipe repair issues and more, so contact us day or night!
Swimming pool heater inspection service
Whether you are buying or selling a home, it is important to have the property’s swimming pool properly inspected by a professional swimming pool inspector.
Most home inspectors are not qualified to perform a swimming pool inspection, which can lead to surprises at closing for sellers and unexpected expenses for buyers down the line.
We have been performing swimming pool inspections for some time now. Our team is available to perform pool inspections whenever called upon.
The areas our inspection covers include:
- Construction defects
- Circulation Pump
- Backwash valves
- Pool Sweep Pump – if applicable
- Separation Tank – if applicable
- Time Clock for Circulation Pump or Sweep Pump
- Chlorine Generators – if applicable
- Visible Plumbing System
- Pool Surface
- Deck and Deck Drains
- Spa or Hot Tub
- Automatic Controls
- Pool Light with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
- Automatic Cleaning System – if applicable
- Fill Line
- Visible Water Condition
- Waterfall – if applicable
- Jump / Diving Board – if applicable
- Ladder or Grab Rail – if applicable
- Visible Signs of Leaks in Circulation System
What happens after an inspection?
Much like a home inspection, a pool inspection can play an integral part in making an informed decision as to whether or not you purchase the home.
Included in Total Tech’s swimming pool inspection is:
- A visit to the home by one of our expertly trained staff members
- A full written report which details the current condition of the pool surface, equipment and foundation.
- The report will outline anything that is not functional or up to code and provide the approximate cost to fix/ replace these dysfunctional parts.
- The report will give any additional recommendations such as safety hazards in the backyard and pool accessories (i.e.,. winter covers, diving boards, slides, fencing, etc.).
Importance of pool inspection
There are some few important issues to consider before you purchase a home with a pool. A swimming pool can be a wonderful asset to a home, but it can also be a very expensive headache. Swimming pools are comprised of complex equipment that varies from pool to pool.
Most Buyers hire home inspector before purchasing a home to do a general inspection of the home in order to find out if the home has any serious deficiencies.
Many are unaware that ASHI Standards of Practice (SOP) allow home inspectors to disclaim pools. There is a huge debate as to whether they should inspect them or simply disclaim them, as they recognize there are many hidden problems they are not equipped to know in a simple visual inspection.
Professional swimming pools inspections should be conducted by qualified professionals in the industry. Someone who is familiar with each aspect of the pool and understands the potential problems.
The inspections should include the interior surface of the pool, the decking, the electrical system, the filters, heaters, pumps, and the plumbing. They need to be inspected comprehensively for functionality and soundness.
Equally important and most often neglected is having the pool checked for leaks. Leaks are the most costly hidden or initially unknown problems associated with pools.
Consider this. “In a dry desert climate, the typical swimming pool can evaporate its equivalent water volume in one year. This can be as much as 20,000 gallons of water. Along with evaporation, you will also have water lost to ‘splash out’ and possibly in the backwash process.
However, it’s also estimated that up to 30 percent of all pools have a leak, wasting lots of water unnecessarily. Since half of the pools out there have a fill valve (automatic pool refiller), leaks often go unnoticed not only occurring in aging pools but new ones too.
Leaks may occur due to a variety of reasons. There may be problems with cracks allowing the water to leak undetected under the pool decking or the pool itself. But more often leaks are a result of plumbing problems or improper seals around pump fittings which are often missed because they only leak when the pump is running.
In our intense sun, the ultraviolet (UV) rays will rapidly cause the white PVC pipe to degrade if it’s not painted or protected.”
Call us today!
If you are considering purchasing a home with a pool, call us for a professional pool inspection. Our Pre-Purchase Pool Inspections Reports include a report of findings, a photo addendum and the estimated cost of any required repairs.
Pre-purchase inspections can save you hundreds, sometimes thousands more than the cost of the investigation. Make that important call today!