Pipes not full?

PoolingAround

Well-known member
May 13, 2016
214
Katy, Texas
#1
Hi all,

I’ve been noticing the last few weeks when ever the pool starts up it sounds like water is filling the pipes (close to the heater) then eventually it all settles down. This is accompanied by a plethora of bubbles being pushed out of the returns. My question is why does this keep happening since at some point the pipes do get fully pressurized. Where is my water settling? Am I thinking about this the right way?

Thanks.
 

PoolingAround

Well-known member
May 13, 2016
214
Katy, Texas
#2
Hi all,

I’ve been noticing the last few weeks when ever the pool starts up it sounds like water is filling the pipes (close to the heater) then eventually it all settles down. This is accompanied by a plethora of bubbles being pushed out of the returns. My question is why does this keep happening since at some point the pipes do get fully pressurized. Where is my water settling? Am I thinking about this the right way?

Thanks.

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jblizzle

Mod Squad
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May 19, 2010
41,197
Tucson, AZ
#3
It is settling back into the pool, likely because air is able to get into the system when the pump is off allowing it to drain.

If you have solar, the panels drain intentionally resulting in a lot of air into the pool when the pump and solar turn on.
 

PoolingAround

Well-known member
May 13, 2016
214
Katy, Texas
#4
It is settling back into the pool, likely because air is able to get into the system when the pump is off allowing it to drain.

If you have solar, the panels drain intentionally resulting in a lot of air into the pool when the pump and solar turn on.
No solar, so this is normal? I don’t remember this happening before and coincidentally it started happening after a service tech came out to work on something.
 

Jimrahbe

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Jul 7, 2014
10,218
Bedford, TX
#6
pa,

When you turn off your pump, the water in the pump basket should stay full.. If you have an air leak, gravity will cause your water to drain back into the pool.. It can drain back from your filter or from the pump or both, depending on your plumbing..

The first place to look would be the pump lid O-Ring.. make sure it is lubed...

Since most problems start where the last guy worked on it, tell us what kind of service you had done..

Do you have any small visible water leaks at your equipment pad any where???

Thanks for posting..

Jim R.
 

PoolingAround

Well-known member
May 13, 2016
214
Katy, Texas
#7
They worked on a electric panel problem. They did however add water to the pool (don’t ask me how I knew....lol). Don’t see why they would need to access other parts of the system.