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Thread: Vacuum Breaker not Re-installed after Pool Repairs

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    Jul 2012
    Basking Ridge, NJ

    Vacuum Breaker not Re-installed after Pool Repairs

    Hi again all,

    Before the pool was opened this season, we had several major repairs done to our pool w/ attached spa. There used to be a vacuum breaker installed on both the pool drain and the spa drain. However, when they 'finished' the repairs they only re-installed the pool vacuum breakers and simply put a PVC cap on where the spa vacuum breaker was. It's kind of scary that I'm just now thinking of this, but would that be the reason the spa always looks half empty before the pump starts in the morning?

    The attached picture is the style that both breakers are.

    Thanks for any and all help,

    - Patrick
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    Jun 2009
    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Vacuum Breaker not Re-installed after Pool Repairs

    The missing vacuum breaker isn't the reason the spa is draining. That would be caused by a leaking valve or check valve.

    You say major repairs. Did they change the main drains to be VGB compliant? If they did then you don't need the vacuum breakers. However, it's not a bad idea to have them anyway.
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