Pool specialists can’t deny the fact that weak pool jets are some of the most frequently reported problems.
Leaks in the pool return jets are commonly caused by broken fittings and poorly glued joints.
The solution to these is either to patch the crack around the fitting or replacing the broken pipe well as fitting, which is the most effective.
In this tutorial, we’ll see how to patch or replace swimming pool return fittings.
Test for the Leakage Parts
The first step to fixing the problem is to confirm the leaking parts in the pool. This can be done with a dye test or by doing a pressure test. This will help you realize where the problem is and from there you’ll know whether you can glue the fitting, replace it or buy more than one fitting.
Patching a Crack in the Return Jet
Patching the crack is not as effective as totally replacing the defective swimming pool jet parts. However, this troubleshooting is an easy, inexpensive alternative to resolving the problem if done appropriately.
You have to get glue or epoxy and patch the leak from the inside of the pipe. H20 Glue is the most common product used due to its adhesive nature as well as suitability for use underwater.
How to Replace Pool Jets
Pool return jet replacement is the most effective solution. This procedure requires purchasing new swimming pool return fittings.
If it’s an old swimming facility, you may consider changing the jets once and for all. A two-pack of five replacement jets will do for this.
So, I’ll quickly show you how to remove your old fixtures and put in the new ones.
You will have to use an adjustable wrench – a large one, so you can grab it around the neck. You don’t have to apply too much pressure because you may crack the actual housing.
You just need to apply enough pressure to where you can leverage it and kind of wiggle it away from the pool. And that’s all there is to it.
When it comes to installing the new one, you just hand tighten everything and try to seat it in there flush.
And then you will remove the eyeball and the retaining clamp so that you can use the back of your adjustable wrench and tap on the back of it to push it in further.
The handles on the adjustable wrench are rubberized so it prevents you from cracking it with the other side of the wrench.
After the main housing is situated, all you have to do now is get out your eyeball and your retaining eyeball clamp and tighten it down to where it’s nice and snug.
If you tighten it down too tight, then you can’t adjust the eyeball. I like to have my eyeballs on my outlets pointing downward and straight. This is because it makes the water move around in the pool and everything will be leading back to the pool skimmer.
And most times, the bottom of the pool is the most neglected, and the water just kind of sits sedentary down there. So I like the water to push all the debris around so that the pool pump can do a better job of filtering out all the debris.
As you have learned, there are two broad ways to solve the problem of leaking pool return jets. You can fix the problem by sealing the detected cracks around the fittings with adhesive or epoxy. The chosen glue must be suitable for underwater applications.
The most effective method to fixing the problem is by purchasing new pool return jets. Then you just have to remove the old fittings with a wrench and fix another one or set.