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What is a Pool Spider Gasket and its Common Problems?

July 14, 2020

To make swimming pools usable and safe for various pool activities, they must be equipped with filter systems that can remove unnecessary particles and substances. Some types of filters that are frequently used for pools are sand filters and diatomaceous earth (DE) filters.

Importance of Sand and DE Filters

Sand filters utilise natural sand as the filtering component. Since these filters do not have any paper or fibre parts, they can work for a very long time even without regular maintenance. What is great about these filters is that they can readily capture very small materials. A few examples of the materials they can filter include leaves, gravel, insects, and other particles that have a size between 20 and 100 microns.

Another filter that is being used by most pools is DE filters. These filters take advantage of sedimentary rocks that are composed of diatoms, which are the fossilised remains of tons of very small algae-like organisms. The fossilised remains, which is also called silica, may take the form of sand, emerald, quartz, feldspar, mica, clay, asbestos, and glass. These filters can easily remove materials that are 1 to 3 microns in size, making them the most effective and most preferred filtration system for pools.

The Key Role of Pool Spider Gaskets

One component that can truly help with the functionalities and properties of sand and DE filters is the pool’s multiport valve. This valve has different ports that allow pool water to move in multiple directions, which can be intended for normal operations, cleaning, and other pool water movement. A pinwheel diverter is then installed for you to easily determine the route of the water. Once you swing the handle of the pinwheel, the pool water will then go to the port that it is directed to enter.

Enter the pool spider gaskets. These gaskets are intended to seal up your pool’s multiport valve for efficient control over the direction of the pool water. They help in diverting the movement of the pool water and serve as the guardrail and lane markers that can guide pool water’s intended direction. They also prevent water from leaking from one port to another. Pool spider gaskets typically seal the seam between the base and the pinwheel of the multiport valve.

Problems with Pool Spider Gaskets

Pool spider gaskets are meant to seal some relevant parts of the multiport. But once they get damages from a long time of use or poor maintenance, the pool water might eventually start to creep and seep from one port to another. This situation may also happen if the pool spider gaskets become twisted or enlarged. These gaskets can also pop out of the groove in the valve body, which can cause the same seeping problem with pool water.

Getting worn or damaged pool spider gaskets would usually cause leaks around the multiport valve. A port that is intended for filtration may release water that comes from the waste line. Whenever pool water exits out a wrong port, it usually means that the pool spider gaskets have serious defects and damages.

Knowing the importance and common problems with pool spider gaskets can help you ensure they are always maintained properly. If you want to know how to maintain or fix your pool spider gaskets, feel free to contact us at Parker Pumps.

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29B Ormond Rd., East Geelong VIC 3219

Phone: (03) 5229 7443

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