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    How to find leak myself, without the leak specialists

    I have another leak. I can call the leak guys and they will find it for $300. I would like to try to do it myself first. If the leak is in a pipe I will need them, but I have old tile and an old skimmer and I would like to use the dye test there and see if I can find any leaks. Is there a good youtube video, or any online instruction, or can someone here tell me basically how to do the dye test, or any other test I can do myself?
    36 x 18 oval pool, inground, plaster pool.
    27000 gallons
    1 hp pump. Sand filter
    Pool built in 1971.

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    Re: How to find leak myself, without the leak specialists

    There are quite a few videos on youtube. Just search. Food coloring works just fine but not as well as the purpose-made dyes. You'll need a syringe to put the dye/coloring in. If you're testing in the skimmer or return areas, make sure the pump is off when testing so you can see the dye getting sucked into the leak.
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    Re: How to find leak myself, without the leak specialists

    Thanks for the info. I found lots of stuff on youtube, just like you said. I should have checked there before asking here.
    36 x 18 oval pool, inground, plaster pool.
    27000 gallons
    1 hp pump. Sand filter
    Pool built in 1971.

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