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Hassle taking pictures Air bubbles within the pool – jj

Hassle taking pictures Air bubbles within the pool

If your pool pump is having trouble priming or you’re getting air bubbles coming through your returns then this video is for you. We will go step by step in trouble shooting all the problem areas where air can leak into the system on the above ground plumbing and show you some simple ways to stop the leaks. While there’s no substitute for the true fix of correct plumbing methods and protection from the sun, these tricks will get you by until it’s time to redo the plumbing.


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  1. Thanks for the great video. Maybe you can advise me to help my bubble-problem ….

    Since I had algaes my pool the return jets are blowing lots of bubbles. There's also lots of air in the pump visible. While cleaning out the algaes I noticed that when the pressure in the filter went up, it showed more bubbles and after cleaning the filter (and showing lower pressure) always reduces bubbles extremely. Yesterday I cleaned the filter and then I had no bubbles at all for 24 hours. Now I cleaned the filter again and the bubbles came back. Can the filter somehow cause bubbles? Actually I was sure that bubbles can only come from the suction side and not from the return-side (where the filter is …). I've checked everything that is suspicious to cause bubbles already (water level, pump-lid, drainage valves, union and the whole pipe all the way till it goes into ground ….) and I've also re-lubricated all the o-rings. I've also tested against leaks along the pipes with smoke-sticks and plastic-foil wrapping around – but no hint.
    Could an underground leak actually suck so much air when covered by so much dirt and sand? Also because of our pool isn't losing any water and the bubbles on/off thing I don't think it's somewhere underground, but what else could cause these bubbles? It's driving me crazy … Thanks for any help!

  2. SPAZ – Thanks so much for making this video.  It wasn't boring to me.  You helped me in three ways.  Understanding the positive pressure side vs negative suction side, switching pump on and off trick to find suction leaks, and your mention of CPVC.  So, I found my leaks and fixed them and we're all good.  Thanks again.

  3. Glad I found this video!  A few months ago, I had an air leak and my pump would not prime.  I notice the pipe going into the pump was loose, and I replaced the Jandy valve o-rings.  However, I did not do each one individually, so I am not sure which one fixed the air leak.  

    A few days ago, I noticed I had an air leak again; not as bad as before, but after my pump would shut off, a half hour later, the water in the pump would drop halfway.  I knew it was not my lid, as my water feature pump worked fine, and I switched lids and each lid worked fine on the second pump.

    I checked the tightness of the front intake pipe, and it was still relatively tight (I heard not to over tighten this).  I cold not figure it out, until I saw you use the glue over joints.  I noticed the joint had some 'craters'  at one joint which were really small.  It looked like the original glue may have cracked.  

    I olny had Christy's Red Hot Blue PVC glue on hand, and I spread it over the suspected area.  I turned off the pump after it cured and it sealed the small leak!  Thank you very much!! Without this video, I would still be wondering what was wrong, and probably would have continued suspecting the Jandy valve I thought I repaired earlier….

  4. Hi Josh, Another way to locate suction leaks is with the garden hose. Run water from the hose over all the areas you describe in the vid while watching the pump lid. If you have a see through lid the bubbles will stop when water replaces air at any leak area. Move the hose/water on and off the suspect area to confirm a leak.

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