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    When to replace filter

    The filter, original to the 15+ yr old, fiberglass, has developed a leak at the bottom of the filter. It sits on concrete and leaks (currently) only when the pump is on. When should I consider replacing the filter? Or asked another way, how long should I live with the leak which is a small pool of water around the filter and pump?

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    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
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    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: When to replace filter

    Look at it this way. If your pump runs when you're not home (and even if you are home), what's the likelyhood of a rupture and how much damage could be done if the filter ruptured and the pool emptied enough to starve the pump and/or flood the place?

    If the answer is not much, then you can probably live with it a while.
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    South Florida

    Re: When to replace filter

    I had the exact same situation. Here's the way I looked at it. Unless you have a lot of rain, a leak in the pool or the plumbing is the same thing as a leak in your house plumbing (outside). It wastes water and costs $$ over time since you have to use water to replace what leaks. That filter was at least 20 years old and I had patched it once with epoxy putty. I figured it was a sign of end-of-life and I replaced it.

    Can't put a price on peace of mind.

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