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    hayward pool pump 2hp sp1615-z-1 leaks. Concrete slab moved

    My pump leaks about 2 drops per second. The leak is somewhere on the bottom, I think were motor connects to the pump. When I stop the pump it's not leaking, the pump stays primed and the filter stays full. If it is a gasket, which gasket is it?

    I noticed a few days ago the area around the pump was dump, but as soon as sun hits it it's all dry. I don't know when it started leaking and whether it started leaking more in just a few days since I first noticed it. I kept it off last night just in case and just turned it on again... if sun doesn't dry it out then it got worse.

    I'm debating whether I should try to fix it myself or hire someone to do it. If hiring someone, any idea how much it should cost (assuming it's gaskets)? Also, does this leak need to be addressed right away or can it wait? I am not really good at fixing things and don't know anything about pumps, but if it's gaskets (and if I know which ones) I could probably try to replace them myself.

    I've been running pump 24/7 for 11 days now bringing chlorine up to 12ppm. Could it cause the leak?



    Concrete slab moved a bit and there's about 3/4-1 inch clearance between the front bottom of the pump and the concrete.
    I don't know how long it's been like that, but should I fix it? I'm worried it puts extra pressure on pipes, but again, I don't know how long it's been like this, may be a few years now.
    If I'm able to lift the slab (it's 3ft x 2ft x 2"), can I just throw a barbell weight under it? If not, what's the best way to fix it?


    I posted pictures on flickr. Please let me know if they are not accessible.

    I think pump sounds normal, but I also uploaded a short video there.

    Also, can my pump be removed without cutting pipes? Here's the reference to my pump. It looks like I could remove it without cutting the pipes, but not too sure



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    23k in-ground plaster. Cartridge filter Hayward 450 or 550. Hayward 2ph pump.
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    no other chemicals used in years
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    Re: hayward pool pump 2hp sp1615-z-1 leaks. Concrete slab moved

    The first thing I would suggest is getting the pump back sitting level on the concrete. The leak may be from the shaft seal and, based on what you are saying, I would suggest you hire someone to fix them both.
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    Re: hayward pool pump 2hp sp1615-z-1 leaks. Concrete slab moved

    Could someone tell me what is the reasonable cost for this work? Prices tend to fluctuate quiet a bit. Thanks

    Edit: Never mind. I called a couple places, they are about $80-100 an hour. The guy told me this pump is more difficult to work with than other pumps, but should still be 1-2hr work. Does it sound about right?
    23k in-ground plaster. Cartridge filter Hayward 450 or 550. Hayward 2ph pump.
    liquid chlorine, tablets occasionally when out of liquid and cya allows it. ph down.
    stabilizer (Had no cya last two openings, but never before that)
    no other chemicals used in years
    TF100.

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    Re: hayward pool pump 2hp sp1615-z-1 leaks. Concrete slab moved

    The leak is probably a shaft seal. You should not wait. If you do not fix it, your motor bearings will go out, and you will have to replace the motor. Here is a youtube video that shows how to replace a shaft seal.
    14k gal IG vinyl, Jandy Flopro 1 hp up-rated, 2 spd pump, Hayward 325 sq ft cartridge filter, Circupool Si-40 SWCG

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    Re: hayward pool pump 2hp sp1615-z-1 leaks. Concrete slab moved

    I don't know how long it was leaking for.

    Interestingly, half of the people I called refuse to fix it. They say it's old and something else may break during or short after the fix.
    They try to sell the new $1200-1600-3000 pumps instead.
    23k in-ground plaster. Cartridge filter Hayward 450 or 550. Hayward 2ph pump.
    liquid chlorine, tablets occasionally when out of liquid and cya allows it. ph down.
    stabilizer (Had no cya last two openings, but never before that)
    no other chemicals used in years
    TF100.

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    Re: hayward pool pump 2hp sp1615-z-1 leaks. Concrete slab moved

    Replaced it yesterday. So far no leaks. Removing impeller on this pump is a pain, needs a strap tool.
    Getting it back into the housing was also very hard. I had to put the front of the pump on the ground and push the motor and even then it took 15-20 minutes. But I knew about it - some guy I spoke to said he worked on this model many years ago and won't touch it again

    As for the concrete slab - I leveled it, but the front of the pump is still not sitting on it. Either the front of the pump was never sitting on the slab or slab was never leveled (back was lower when pipes were cut).
    Now the clearance is about 0.5". Should I still try adjust the slab (raise the front and lower the back) or would it be better to just insert something between the pump and the slab instead?

    Thanks
    23k in-ground plaster. Cartridge filter Hayward 450 or 550. Hayward 2ph pump.
    liquid chlorine, tablets occasionally when out of liquid and cya allows it. ph down.
    stabilizer (Had no cya last two openings, but never before that)
    no other chemicals used in years
    TF100.

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    Re: hayward pool pump 2hp sp1615-z-1 leaks. Concrete slab moved

    Just insert some sort of shim.
    14k gal IG vinyl, Jandy Flopro 1 hp up-rated, 2 spd pump, Hayward 325 sq ft cartridge filter, Circupool Si-40 SWCG

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