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Thread: leak from pump filter basket lid

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    Aug 2015
    Teutpolis, IL

    leak from pump filter basket lid

    We noticed our pump basket/filter is leaking from the lid when the pump is not running. If the pump is running there is no leak. The lid is on tight. This thing fits so tight I can't ever remove it and my husband has a hard time removing it when he tries..... so it doesn't get emptied/opened much. There doesn't appear to any cracks in the lid. Any ideas on why it would be leaking or how to fix?
    of course it is hard to mess with since water continuously is running into it to get a good look. The area around my pool is currently a mud pit so we have the pump running 24x7 to avoid adding to the mess. If it wasn't for the mud due to too much rain I would let it leak since the pool is full and we keep getting rain but I don't want the leak all summer.
    Not a huge leak but definitely can tell it is leaking from where lid and container meet but only when pump is off.

    Thanks so much
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    Central Illinois

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    frustratedpoolmom's Avatar
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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: leak from pump filter basket lid

    Get some silicone lube, (Magic Lube) is one brand and lube up the o-ring in the lid. If you don't see one, then its probably missing and that explains the leak? Sometimes it just needs a good lube to stop the drips.
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    Fletcher, OK

    Re: leak from pump filter basket lid

    that is a suction side leak but its an easy one, usually just need to lube the O-ring in the top.. also, if you use a rubber hammer (easily, your not hammering nails ) to remove and install...

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