How to Fix Leaking Swimming Pool PVC Pipes

Posted on: March 21, 2017 by in Plumbing Videos
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How to Fix Leaking Swimming Pool PVC Pipes


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Here is how you fix and re-plumb your Swimming pool PVC pipes. It is not hard once you gather all the correct fittings and take accurate measurements. You can always redo it if you screw up so no worries.

Pool-Tite Glue Instructions:
Dry test to make sure all fittings will slide easily onto the pipes. Shake can well. Use a primer to clean the pipe fittings (priming step is not needed for non-pressure pipes less than 4″ in diameter. Apply liberal coat of cement to pipe depth of the socket, leave no uncoated surface. Apply a thin coat inside if the fitting, avoid puddling, Apply a second coat to the pipe. Assemble parts Quickly. Cement must be fluid. If cement surface has dried recoat both parts. Push pipe firmly into fitting giving it a ΒΌ turning motion. Hold pipe and fitting together for 30 seconds to avoid it popping out. Glue can get old so if it is gel like don’t use it.

You can use the Purple primer or the clear one to prep the pipes. The Purple primer has a very strong dye in it so if you drip it won’t come off, so the clear one is less messy.

Parts used (and show)in the video:

2 INCH PVC Pipe Elbows
2 INCH PVC Fitting Extender WWP429-2010 or Pool PVC Pipe Plumbing Extender 2″ Repair Fitting 0303-20 (not used in this repair)
2 INCH PVC Coupling (also not used but may be needed)
Pool-Tite PVC plastic pipe cement – Blue Glue “HOT” | 1/2 Pint | 2356S (for gluing the fittings together)
2 INCH PVC Pipe 4 ft section

If you are inexperienced in doing pool plumbing you can use a heavy glue that will give you more time to attach the fittings and pipes. I also find that the heavy glue is less likely to leak verses the Pool Tite Blue glue if you don’t apply it correctly,

Weldon 12130 1/2 Pint 704 PVC Cement, Gray or if you can get it;
Weldon Pool Heavy 746 PVC Cement, Gray.

The key here is to relax and examine the area to be re-plumbed carefully to see what will work best. That is why the more fittings you have the easier the job will be. So mentally measure the correct places to cut and then start the job slowly. You also want to make sure you can get everything together before you glue the last piece on. So test it while the parts are dry (no glue) and see how you are going to squeeze the last fitting or PVC pipe on. The last thing you want is to have the PVC pipe or fittings glued on and then realize that there is no way to get the last piece on.

The glue dries very fast so you have only a few seconds to attach the pipes and fittings. Use a generous amount of glue otherwise the pipes will leak and you will need to do everything again. If it comes out messy you can always spray paint the PVC pipes afterwards. I self-taught myself so I made plenty of rookie mistakes. Don’t feel bad if you need to recut and start over. You will get the hang of it just be doing it.

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This is the discharge leak I also fixed at the same account.

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