One major issue that a pool owner can encounter, is copper plumbing on older existing swimming pools.
This can be observed as it exits the ground in the pool equipment room/area. Copper on house plumbing is a good thing; copper on pool plumbing is a fragile ticking time bomb. Copper plumbing on swimming pools was the material of choice up until the early 1970’s. After that era, builders switched to white plastic schedule 40 PVC. Swimming pool chemistry often gets out of the ideal ranges The Ph of a swimming pool is the measurement of acid verses a base present in the water. If a swimming pool gets too acidic, it will “strip” or eat the interior wall of the copper plumbing. Copper, compared to other metals, is so soft it does not resist corrosive acid. A pool with copper plumbing that was constructed in, say 1970 or before, could have been dangerously acidic 20 times in its life or more. This means serious water leaks and discoloration and destruction of the pool plaster.
Think of a pool skimmer in a residential swimming pool like you would a gutter in a larger public swimming pool: it helps clean by skimming water and capturing floating debris: leaves, flower petals, dirt, twigs, dead insects, and oil (sunblock) — before the waste can sink to the pool’s bottom.
This pool had an additional leak. We discovered that:
the old stainless bottom skimmer installed in the late seventies, had severe corrosion and was leaking where the copper pipe and stainless meet.
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