Stop The Leaks In Your Pool's Pump Hose

Posted on: 25 March 2015

Now that spring is here, many homeowners are beginning to take the steps to open their pools up for the season. One thing that many pool owners find after the winter is that their pump hoses have sprung leaks. If the pump hoses are damaged, the pool will not effectively be cleaned and you will quickly lose a lot of the water from inside the pool. You can repair those pool pump hoses in many cases, and here's how.

To repair the pump hoses, you will need:

  • Wet-dry vacuum
  • Duct tape
  • Paper towels
  • Pliers and screwdrivers
  • Grease pencil
  • Waterproof plastic sealant kit
  • Waterproof silicone sealant tape

Step 1: Identify the Leaks

Identifying all of the leaks in the hose can be a little time consuming, but it is time well spent. If you identify all of the leaks before you get started with repairs, you can complete each step a single time rather than multiple times.

To find the leaks, run the pump and watch where the water is leaking from. When you pinpoint the exact area of the leak, use the grease pencil to mark the hose. If you are having a difficult time distinguishing exactly where the leak is, wrap the hose with dry paper towels and pay very close attention to the area of the paper towel that gets wet first. This is your leak.

Step 2: Stop the Water Flow

To remove the hose to make the repairs, you first must disconnect the power to the pump. This can be done by unplugging it or turning the breaker off on the panel.

On the pool pump assembly, remove the bottom panel and turn the water valves inside to the closed position. If the valve is difficult to turn, use pliers to grip it and give it a firm twist. Once the water is stopped, disconnect the hose.

Step 3: Make the Repairs

Before you can make the repairs, you must completely dry the hose. Unfortunately, this process can take quite a while, but you can expedite the process a bit by using a wet-dry vacuum.

Connect the nozzle of the wet-dry vacuum to the end of the pump hose. Duct tape the two together to create an air-tight seal. Turn the wet-dry vacuum on and allow it to run for several minutes. This will pull the moisture out of the hose more rapidly than letting it air-dry naturally.

The sealant kit that you have purchased should include two tubes of sealant that must be mixed together inside an application syringe.

Begin at one end of the hose and apply a thin layer of the sealant to the hose at each place that you have marked with the grease pencil. Allow the sealant to cure, and then wrap the area with the silicone sealant tape several times. This is a secondary level of protection against the leak and will help prevent future leaks in the same area.

Step 4: Reassemble the Hose and Pump

Connect the hose to the pump securely. Turn on the water valve and replace the panel assembly panel. Restore power to the pump and watch carefully as the water begins to flow through the hose. If you notice any more leaks, repeat the above process.

If you continue to experience problems with the pump hose, talk with your local pool supplier (such as about replacing the hose altogether.