Hi pool folks...
This pool is just a big headache. It has been established that we need to drain the pool. "Thank you!" to the folks that helped me translate the TF-100 readings into something I could understand. Now I've discovered a leak, I think. The photos below show our entire filter pad with a wet spot at the base of one pipe, a closeup of that pipe while wet, and a closeup of the same pipe after I cleaned the dirt off and dried it.
I don't understand all of the crud built up on the blue pipe. It looks like lime? Calcium buildup? It is a plastic pipe piece. (The knob is metal tho.) Can I still clean it off with Lime-Away or something like that? If it is a leak, I plan to seal the pipe where it connects to the other pipes (upper and lower ends) with silicone caulking but I think I need to get that gunk off first. I sealed another leak on another pipe this way and it has worked fabulously so far.
We have a home warranty that covers the pool filter equipment. I'm considering submitting a repair order in the hopes that when they come out to assess the problem they'll replace this pipe and the other joint that I already sealed. Is a little leak like this worth dealing with the home warranty thing? Yes, I have to pay for the service call no matter what, but it is less than $100 so it isn't a factor.
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