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Thread: Pump Bearings Toast, Now Have Sand in Pool Also

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    May 2007
    Milwaukee, WI

    Pump Bearings Toast, Now Have Sand in Pool Also

    Hi All:

    We opened the pool this year to find out that our pump was excruciatingly loud. We figured the bearings & seals were going; the couple of contractors we spoke with agreed. So, because our pump is ancient, we are going to get a new pump (thinking a Hayward Super II.) Unfortunately, all of the contractors in this area are swamped right now, and the soonest it will be installed is 3-4 weeks from now.

    Anyway, they all said that we won't hurt anything if we continue to run the pump, because our pressure hasn't dropped a huge amount yet. However, today, when I emptied the bag on the Polaris, it was filled with AT LEAST one cup of sand. Yikes! I'm worried that this means that we have now damaged something else. (Maybe the head gasket?) I hope that I'm wrong, but it's driving me up the wall worrying about this. Do you think that we've ruined anything else as a result of continuing to run the (extremely loud) pump with the bearing problem?

    I appreciate any opinions you'd care to offer! Thanks.
    22,000 Gallon, IG, Vinyl, Sta-Rite Sand Filter
    Milwaukee, WI area

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    Jun 2009
    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Pump Bearings Toast, Now Have Sand in Pool Also

    Running the pump isn't hurting anything but the pump. A cup of sand isn't very much sand. I wouldn't worry about it unless it continues and even then, running the pump won't have caused it.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
    24' x 52" Round AGP. 2hp/¼hp SPL Power-Flo 2-speed pump. 200sqft Waterway Cartridge Filter. 45MHP2(3GPD) Stenner Peristaltic Pump
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