August 19, 2020

Hayward Pool Pump Leak

This summer we encountered an issue with a leak with the Hayward Pool Pump.

We have the Power Flo Matrix 1 HP. This seems perfect for our 24-round above ground pool. Previously we had a MagneTek Proline Pump - Model # SD-10-1N11CB. That pump lasted about 4-years.

The Hayward pump was purchased in 2009 - it close to the end of life. In my investigation. I discovered that the pump might be leaking water, as I see the dirt around the pump wet. Every place else is dry.

Hayward Pump Desktop2
Hayward Pump Leak Mobile

Investigating Steps

I have performed the following steps around the pump to see what could be happening:

  • I doubled checked all the joints and there's leakage.
  • I ran the pump to make sure that there's no issues while the pump is running.
  • I cleaned up the dirt around the pump to see if its leaking and where it could be leaking.

Watching the Water Level

Pool Measure Desktop
Pool Measure Mobile

One of the additional steps that I took was to measure the amount of water in the pool. I did this over a few hours - it definitely confirmed that we were losing water. Our leak is a bit slow.

Next Steps

Since I identified the problem, I disconnected the pump from the pool, so that we wouldn't be losing any more pool water. There is some water in the pump and sand filter, but that is the least of my concerns.

I'll be checking some local pool places in the next 24-hours to see if anyone has any pool pumps. Because of COVID-19, there are some pool supply shortage.

If I am not able to find something. I can investigate the leak a bit more and see if that a water seal could be a temporary fix. I don't know if something like Flex Tape would be a good short term solution.

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