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pool filter leak; newbies buying the house

Posted by defgarden (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 24, 10 at 21:14

We have a contract on a house with a pool. The pool filter was leaking a lot from the top at inspection, and the sellers responded that their pool guy fixed it. Now we're at one week before closing and the filter is leaking again, albeit a small trickle. Their pool guy says it's not a problem.

The seller replied today, "There's a vent screw at the top of the filter in the pictures. It's only finger tight, and occasionally vents small amounts of water. This drips down the side, collects in the mid-line seal and drips down other places. If the buyers don't want to see any water on the filter, they can tighten that screw (it sticks out towards the wall straight behind the pressure gauge at the top of the filter). I'd recommend against that though. When the pump is not running, the filter naturally collects air. If the vent is fully closed and the pump starts, the air stays in the filter and the filter may not fill completely with water. A partly full filter is only partly working. The slightly loose vent screw lets the air escape, making for a fully operational filter."

So. Should a pool filter leak at all? Or do all pool filters leak through their vent screws every day?

Here are some photos from this morning:

Thanks very, very much for any advice,

Dianne and Chris, Austin

Here is a link that might be useful: leaking pool filter at house

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RE: pool filter leak; newbies buying the house

My thoughts would be hell no.

I have a different filter, but similar, and it does not leak a drop.

Tell them to get bent and fix it right.

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