It's not difficult to fix your pools plumbing; however, it is important to have the correct tools and the correct plumbing know-how. If you don't understand what you're doing, it may be dangerous. You need to have the correct plumbing skills to carry out a successful job. If you plan on replacing your pools plumbing yourself, it's essential that you learn how to do it correctly first. Here are a few things to remember when it comes to plumbing and your pools:

Using the wrong pvc glue for your pools plumbing means that you may have to replace your whole pool, not just some of its components. To put the right pieces back in place, you'll have to use the correct pvc glue. There are several to choose from, but for obvious reasons, the best ones form a solid bond and are remarkably dependable. The main thing to look for is the correct PVC glue or sealant you use for your pools plumbing. It should be non-toxic and easily blended with water.

The last thing you want is a leaky piping system because it can lead to a serious problem - head loss. It's easy to understand that when your plumbing system leaks, water will come out of the pipes, and there is always a way for that water to exit the pipe. But when your pool has a head loss issue, you can end up with lost - and potentially hazardous - water if enough of it seeps through the pipe.

As a general rule, you should never have more than ten percent of your total swimming pool plumbing system leaks. That number comes from the National Plumbing Contractor Association and the American Plumbing Company. Of course, if you have a very large swimming pool, you may need much more than that. But when you're looking at the numbers, keep in mind that you generally see one or two leaks for every one hundred gallons of water. And that number generally increases as the size of your pool increases.

What causes this? Usually it's because pressure side pressure, which is on the pressure side of your piping, is not strong enough to force enough water through the pipes. This results in pressure side leaks, which is what we are talking about when you see the small black stains on your pool walls. (That's also called a pressure side seam.)

When it comes to pool leaks, the most common type is caused by suction leaks. This is where water goes into the swimming pools plumbing system through a suction hole, but it doesn't leave through the same hole. Normally this comes from a corroded or improperly fitted suction-hole valve. However, even when this is the cause, it's usually easy to fix and often isn't noticeable to the untrained eye. (We'll talk about that in a moment.)

Sometimes the water goes up through the holes in the walls and into the pool. Sometimes it leaks through the roof. Suction can also come from other pipes in the swimming pool system. For example, when the supply line enters the house, it might go through the plumbing already there, or it might have to go through a new supply line to the house. (And sometimes the water leaks from both ends of the main plumbing lines.)

When you see the small black streaks on the walls or the spots where the wall is peeling, it's probably a leak. You want to look at your swimming pool plumbing repair kit, remove the affected pipe, and clean out the leak. Usually, all that's needed is some basic home repair materials and a little bit of elbow grease. (And if it's a larger leak, we've got professionals who can get your leak fixed quickly and easily.)