"Whip System" Leak


New member
Mar 12, 2021
Tempe, AZ
Hello all-

I have an inground pool. It suddenly has a serious leak that is much faster with the pump on. I had a leak detection service come out and they found 3 leaks. One at the skimmer mouth, one in the return line, and one in the "wall whips." This isn't something that I had ever heard of before and apparently it is an old system that isn't used anymore. Can I just plug the wall whips since the system isn't in use?

Also, because the leak is much worse when the pump is on, it's probably the one in the return that is the big problem, right?

Thanks all for any help you can provide. I'm a new pool owner.


May 2, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ
I had whip returns on my pool too. Didn’t know what they’re were until my contractor said to cap/remove them when I redid the surface.
If you can isolate and dosconnect the line at the equipment pad it should be safe to cap the whip returns in the pool. I think mine had a valve at the pad for them.

Must be an AZ thing. Never seen them in action before.


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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
Northern NJ
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
Thank you so much! What do you mean by equipment pad?

The location where your pump, filter, and other pool equipment is located. And where your suction and returns pipes run to from your pool to your pump location.