Jump to content


Photo

Leaky hot tub...


  • Please log in to reply
27 replies to this topic

#1 ER Pemberton

ER Pemberton

    Comptroller of Forum Content

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 32041 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:05 AM

The people who installed my hot tub 20 years ago and who have been maintaining it just recently did an overhaul on it because parts were failing.  Now it's leaking.  I texted the guy who did the work last Thursday (8 days ago) and the owner last Sunday without a response.  I have to put water in it every day now or else the water level will get low.  I opened it up and I can see two leaks.  I have a new can of FlexSeal.   B)   I texted them both again this morning telling them that I was standing by the tub with a can of FlexSeal and neither of them responded.  Unless they're both in hospital beds, they can both feck right off.  The question:  Will the FlexSeal work and could I do any damage or make things worse by using it?  Could the FlexSeal get in the way of fixing the issue in the proper way because it's coating the threads on the PVC, etc?  



#2 Vagus

Vagus

    Just had an organism

  • Patron
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 38615 posts
  • LocationThere

Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:28 AM

Can bubble gum plug the hole?


  • 0

#3 SugarTits

SugarTits

    Comptroller of Nothing

  • Patron
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 42607 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:34 AM

Duct tape to be a proper redneck.

Or you could sand that area down and do a fiberglass patch.
  • 0

#4 ER Pemberton

ER Pemberton

    Comptroller of Forum Content

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 32041 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:40 AM

The leaks both look like they're in spots where threaded PVC makes a connection with a ring that is connecting the line to something else.  I can't see how the ring can be tightened at all.  I sort of equate this with a flat tire where you use a can of Fix-A-Flat... sure it works but now you've permanently ruined the tire.  I've lost all confidence in the guy who did the work because there was a leak another time he was here.   I'm on the fence about using the FlexSeal but the more time that goes by, the further I'm leaning towards using it.  



#5 Lee in Texas

Lee in Texas

    Comptroller of Lurking

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1911 posts
  • Locationnear Austin, Texas

Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:43 AM

Can you post a picture the leaking fittings? I may be able to help, but hot tub repairs are typically not done by plumbers, at least around here.
  • 0

#6 SugarTits

SugarTits

    Comptroller of Nothing

  • Patron
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 42607 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:43 AM

I am trying to understand. Can you remove the fitting?
  • 0

#7 matt6150

matt6150

    Moderately Accelerated Member

  • Patron
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 7868 posts
  • LocationMooresville, NC

Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:45 AM

Call a different hot tub place?
  • 0

#8 SnowMan

SnowMan

    Advanced Snowman

  • Patron
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 7115 posts
  • LocationSunman, IN

Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:54 AM

I think I'd take the connections back apart and redo them.

Might just need another wrap of thread tape.
  • 0

#9 Hines

Hines

    Comptroller of Emus

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 7810 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:06 AM

FLEX SEAL!


  • 0

#10 ER Pemberton

ER Pemberton

    Comptroller of Forum Content

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 32041 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:07 AM

Guys, thanks for the replies.

 

Okay, this shot is of the filter housing and the leak is occurring where the threads are... where the threads meet the black piece.  This is a slower leak but it's still a leak.

 

hot-tub-1.jpg

 

On the next one, the red circle shows the spot of the leak.  If the tub is not running, the leak is slower.  When the tub is running slow (just filtering) it's quicker and I'm sure that if the jets are on it's much quicker.

 

hot-tub-2.jpg

 

The rub here is that this is not my area.  These spots are hard to reach and I don't have the tools for this.  I should also NOT be doing this after paying my bill to these guys.  Any thoughts?



#11 djinkc

djinkc

    Comptroller of Non-Defending Defenders of Inarticulate Twats

  • Patron
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 26742 posts
  • LocationKC - Kansas side

Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:11 AM

Get a realtor


  • 2

#12 Buzz Buzzard

Buzz Buzzard

    Comptroller of Fanatical Political Expressionism

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 9829 posts
  • LocationHere, not there.

Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:28 AM

Does that just end there?  Like is that a cap on a piece of flexible pvc?

I can't really see it to know.


  • 0

#13 ER Pemberton

ER Pemberton

    Comptroller of Forum Content

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 32041 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:40 AM

Does that just end there?  Like is that a cap on a piece of flexible pvc?

I can't really see it to know.

To the left of that black coupler there is another length of black tubing so no, the line doesn't end there.  



#14 the_stain

the_stain

    Phat O'Mic Chef Winner!

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 74335 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:43 AM

Here's how I handle plumbing leak situations.

1. Try to screw it tighter
2. If that doesn't work, empty the water, unscrew everything, clean it, screw it back together, replacing thread tape if present
3. If that doesn't work, solve the problem by writing a check
  • 0

#15 Hines

Hines

    Comptroller of Emus

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 7810 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:44 AM

FLEX TAPE?


  • 0

#16 Buzz Buzzard

Buzz Buzzard

    Comptroller of Fanatical Political Expressionism

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 9829 posts
  • LocationHere, not there.

Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:45 AM

The spa pump is probably putting out enough psi to push the flex seal off the pvc.

Not likely to stop the leak that way imho.

 

Replacing that coupler / bit of flex pvc would not take 15 minutes probably.

 

Just awkward to get in there would be the worst of it.


  • 0

#17 SugarTits

SugarTits

    Comptroller of Nothing

  • Patron
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 42607 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:46 AM

Flex seal on the outside does not stand a chance. The water pressure will get through it. It is different if flex seal is applied on the water side.

Hire new people replace the coupling and hose if necessary. Don't goop up your shell trying quick fixes.

FLEX TAPE?


I used it before, it is garbage on the outside holding back water pressure.
  • 1

#18 ER Pemberton

ER Pemberton

    Comptroller of Forum Content

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 32041 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 10:00 AM

I just heard back from the owner.  He's older and has had some health issues so he doesn't do much maintenance anymore.  He said he's been calling and texting the "kid" who did the repairs but he's out on other projects.  The owner said "please don't use FlexSeal" (and you guys have talked me out of it too) and he said he's going to come out himself and try to resolve it.  Why it would take them 8 days to get back to me is really unreal.  



#19 Hines

Hines

    Comptroller of Emus

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 7810 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 10:04 AM

i was definitely joking.   Unless you split your boat in half, then flex tape is truly the only option you have.


  • 0

#20 ER Pemberton

ER Pemberton

    Comptroller of Forum Content

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 32041 posts

Posted 14 June 2019 - 10:38 AM

Now I got a text from "the kid" who said he would be here at 1:30.  I will watch the tub run for a few minutes with the guts exposed so I can see for myself that it's not leaking.  I realize this all sounds like first world, top hat and monocle problems but it's still a service that I paid for that is turning out to be problematic.  Guys, thanks again for the responses.  




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users