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    Inground Steps Seal

    The plastic steps in my inground pool have a seal between the steps and the plastic trim piece locks the steps to the pool. It appears to be white silicone. The seal is coming out. Is there a way to repair this underwater? I'd hate to have to drain the pool that far at this point.

    Sean
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    Re: Inground Steps Seal

    Anyone have any ideas on this? The bead/seal is now gone.

    Sean
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    Re: Inground Steps Seal

    Sean, sorry to have missed this first time 'round thanks for bumping it

    If your steps are anything like the ones I deal with, the silicone shouldn't matter - there is a rubber gasket behind the faceplate that actually does the sealing - some PBs don't trust it and caulk the stairs as an extra prevention against a leak.

    Just keep an eye on the water level over the next few days - there may have been a solid reason for the caulk, if so you can look into getting some marine epoxy (which I believe can be applied underwater) Please let us know if the pool holds or looses water
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    Re: Inground Steps Seal

    Quote Originally Posted by waste
    Sean, sorry to have missed this first time 'round thanks for bumping it

    If your steps are anything like the ones I deal with, the silicone shouldn't matter - there is a rubber gasket behind the faceplate that actually does the sealing - some PBs don't trust it and caulk the stairs as an extra prevention against a leak.

    Just keep an eye on the water level over the next few days - there may have been a solid reason for the caulk, if so you can look into getting some marine epoxy (which I believe can be applied underwater) Please let us know if the pool holds or looses water
    Thanks for the response! That's good to know. I'm planning on getting some work done next spring (liner, new skimmer etc.) so that would be the time to fix the caulk. I didn't want to drain that far this season if I didn't have to.

    I was doing a bucket test yesterday to check for leaks, but there was a little too much swimming going on, so I need to start over.

    I do seem to be adding water more frequently than in past years, but we also have not had any significant rain for the past few weeks, so that could be part of it.

    I'll start the bucket test again when I know we are not going to be swimming for a couple of days.

    Thanks again.

    Sean
    17x35 Inground Vinyl Liner
    26,000 Gallons
    Nautilus DE Filter
    Pacfab Challenger Pump

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