Monday, May 19, 2008

Anti-Vortex plate for Pool Suction Lines-Parts

The Anti-Vortex cover was a 1970 addition to the pool industry. Originally designed to prevent vortices in the suction line so the pump will not suck air, causing the pump to run dry and burn out. It also would prevent the suction from making contact with the body and hold the victim under water causing them to drown. The plate is attached to the opening of the suction line by screws. Side wall installation is easy but the main drain is more difficult. The water can be drained or one can dive into the water and attach it while holding their breath. In Jacuzzis the suction is great for the jet suction line, so a cover is a must. There is a law that these covers be used in commercial pools, but it is a good idea to use them in a residential pool. All in all, they are good at preventing a vortex where a pump sucks air and keeps the swimmer safe from the potentially dangerous qualities of the suction intake.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Leaks in the Plumbing

Sometimes leaks are evident in the plumbing of the filter system. One can hire a plumber to do the work at a nominal fee, or you can fix the leak yourself. There are products on the market such as A&B Epoxy and Fiber Glass Pipe Wrap. I just used the Wrap and found it easy and sufficient for the low pressure that is in the filter system . There are plastic gloves with the Wrap kit and you follow the directions supplied. After letting the Wrap dry, the filter can be turned on and no more leak. Very inexpensive and it works. Whatever you choose, the leaks need attention, for a leak free system is better. Enjoy the pool...