Hard pipe? Straight inlet to pump?


Well-known member
Feb 3, 2016
Near Toronto, Ontario
Hi all,

Our pool inlet piping seems to have been leaking, and ended up starving our pump and getting it good and hot, making the inlet and outlet connections particularly loose.

The liberal use of hose clamps worries me - especially on the outlet side - but this is the way the plumbing was when we bought the house. Pictured, you can see the hard piped arrangement that feeds the heat exchanger that heats the pool water.

At this point I'm leaning towards hard piping in and out of the pump, with unions - any suggestions on routing, unions, etc? There isn't a ton of space, and as you can see as oriented the pump can't have 5x diameter length straight shot into it.

Thanks for the help!



Gold Supporter
May 20, 2020
Katy TX
Pool Size
Liquid Chlorine
Can you turn the pump 180 degs so the inlet faces the 2 suction pipes? You may have to move it out some but appears you can get your 5x diameter straight into the pump. Definitely use a union. That union length can be included in your 5x length.

Exit pump straight up and use maybe 2 ells to get it to align to inlet of filter. Then do same with exit from filter to that vertical pipe next to the wall.

Maybe post a picture of a top shot of your set up.