Hi all, about 18months ago I had a return pipe leak fixed to the tune of around $500. Now after having a pressure test performed today, I am facing the same thing on the same return line but am being told that although only 1 leak can be detected at a time, more are suspected and expected on my older pool thus resulting in more expenses, so over $1000 and no assurance of proper function. Skimmer line tests fine (for now). Having the Pool company redo my RETURN lines only are quoting about $3000 but this would be going around the outside of the pool in the grass beyond the 3' deck, not the inside where the lines are now. I agree as the deck concrete extends on the inside of the "LAZY L" to the house with widths from 8ft to 20ft in some places and would look horrible and I just don't have that budget available now.
I am contemplating re-piping myself around the outside of the pool, digging a trench and possibly having the returns come out of the ground and return ABOVE the 3ft deck till maybe next year when I will have time and funds to break up the deck and properly connect my new pipe to the proper return outlets.
I'm just trying to figure out how to save $$ but does this make sense to anyone?
1) It would allow me to "TAP" off to supply water to a slide that now has none.
2) I've been reading TFP all day on pipe choices and am totally confused
3) I've read here that equal return line lengths are desirable but I have a return at about 20' from the pad and the other 80' from the pad. what do I do?
4) I'd be going with 2" pipe as that seems to be what's being used in most upgraded piping at the pad now although the skimmer would still have the original 1.5". is that OK, it's a big pool?
I'm sure I'll have more questions going forward but this is what comes to mind today as I face the constantly rising expenses on the same day I decided to buy a new Pentair Supermax VS pump.
Thanks to all that can help...or comfort. haha