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    Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    TFP,

    This is my first post here and over the year the comments are extremely helpful. Everything with my 30k in ground pool is working great however since I purchased the home I have noticed the following:

    1) A small moistened area around the base of the pumping station. Almost like there is a very slow leak somewhere.

    I checked all around, looked for drips, etc.... nothing. I guess what I'm asking is it normal to see the cement base for the pumping station have a small moistened layer of water or does it suppose to be completely dry all the time??? I have also noticed since the area generally stays a bit damp that there is a very small amount of green algae around the base of the pump (not pipes) as well. The pipes, pump, filter... everything looks clean and working normally. I'm just a bit concerned about the base of the pumping station to avoid a problem down the stretch.



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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    It sounds like a seal on your pump, IMO it's not right to always have moisture there.

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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    Interesting.... I'll need to do a bit more research on it. Even the pool water level remains intact, no water loss at all from the pool from what I can tell...

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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    Inspection mirror and a bright flashlight are in order. Leaky pump seal will not cause pool water level to drop noticeably but will likely reveal itself with close inspection on the underside, streaking, small drips etc. Wipe under pump housing along seams between motor and impeller sections as you can with a paper towel, after you look at it with a mirror.
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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    Will give it a go with a deep dive look at the pumping station and report back......

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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    Also, a leaking seal/gasket can eventually cause bearing failure which is a much more expensive fix so it would be a good idea to fix the leak as soon as possible.
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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    I guess what I'm still confused about..... is it normal at any time to have a small amount of condensation/water at the base of the pumping station? I'll look guys and reverify yet I'm trying to understand the typical "working as expected" situation.

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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    I would say no. There should be an explanation for any water at the pump. Rain/dew/condensation is ok, water due to user intervention (intentional draining/cleaning/etc.) would be ok. If you can't explain it, though, it needs to be fixed.
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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    Roger that... let me start trying to locate what is causing the little puddle...... I will share my findings in hopes others can learn from it as well.
    Thanks again!

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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    I agree that it is probably a leaky seal. For some pumps, such as the Superpump, you can use a flashlight to look under the pump to see the drip.

    What pump do you have?

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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    Not sure what type, I'm a bit of a newb to pools. Will check it out and post and update...

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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    In Houston on a sunny/warm day there should only be condensation in the morning, and if you wipe it off it doesn't come back until the next day. The same as when you find condensation on your car in the mornings. Unless you have found the key to keeping ice cold water in the pool you should not see any condensation during the heat of the day.

    You may have a slow leak at the shaft seal, or the drain plug could be loose.
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    Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    My equipment constantly has some form of moisture around it. But it is outside so it could be dew or irrigation or any number of other things. If the equipment is inside and you have water around the base, there is a leak. I would also suggest wiping the underside if the pump off between the wet end and the motor and looking for evidence of moisture. They you could even stick a paper towel under that joint and leave it to see if wet spots appear.

    If it is something as simple as a drain plug, party.

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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    Okay... will give it a try. Still trying to figure out what type of pool pump.

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    If you post a picture, we could probably identify the pump.

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    Re: Alwys a very small layer of water around the base of pumping station...

    Could it be ground water. If so, you'd probably see it build up underneath all equipment on the pad.

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