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    Skimmer pipe collapsed

    Hello.
    Today I got a photo -which I am sharing- of a skimmer pipe with a crack, looks like the pipe was under suction, nobody knows how it happened.
    I would appreciate if someone have seen something like this and what might cause it.
    Thanks, Joaquin
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    Re: Skimmer pipe collapsed

    Welcome to TFP!

    Are trichlor tablets routinely placed in the skimmer basket for chlorination? To me, it looks typical of a skimmer that has been exposed to trichlor pucks for a long period of time. Putting trichlor pucks in the skimmer basket creates an acidic and high chlorine bath that your skimmer parts are constantly soaking in. Over time, this weakens the plastic eventually causing it to fail by cracking and leaking.

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    Re: Skimmer pipe collapsed

    Though chemicals could be responsible, my first impression is that the deck has settled causing the pipe to distort.
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    Re: Skimmer pipe collapsed

    Hello.

    I did not see any deck settling however I am wondering if the pipe was damaged by chlorine pucks as you suggested would closing the flapper valve or sealing the entrance of the skimmer while the pump is running caused the pipe to collapse?

    Thanks, Joaco

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    Re: Skimmer pipe collapsed

    Quote Originally Posted by joacofab View Post
    Hello.

    I did not see any deck settling however I am wondering if the pipe was damaged by chlorine pucks as you suggested would closing the flapper valve or sealing the entrance of the skimmer while the pump is running caused the pipe to collapse?

    Thanks, Joaco
    No, that pipe is very strong and the pressure and suction produced by a pool pump isn't going to damage it.
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    Re: Skimmer pipe collapsed

    Thanks... I am going to investigate if chlorine pucks were put in the skimmer basket. Have a great day.

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