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    Vinyl owners if pool leaks liner etc. where does it go?

    Hello all. So I patched 3 leaks yesterday. If a vinyl pool leaks as we are new owners of the property, where does the water actually leak to? Is there a cement barrier usually around the pool it leaks into? This is assuming puncture leak etc. at the pool level.
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    Re: Vinyl owners if pool leaks liner etc. where does it go?

    Quote Originally Posted by beantownace View Post
    Hello all. So I patched 3 leaks yesterday. If a vinyl pool leaks as we are new owners of the property, where does the water actually leak to? Is there a cement barrier usually around the pool it leaks into? This is assuming puncture leak etc. at the pool level.
    I believe most times the vinyl liner is in a steel shell. If it leaks it finds it's way through the steel shell and into the ground through seams, joints, holes etc. If you keep chasing leaks hire a detection service. Mine cost me $225 and was worth every penny!
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    Re: Vinyl owners if pool leaks liner etc. where does it go?

    Hello and welcome,

    Any leaks from pool will go under the liner, generally. The problem comes if pool level gets low enough and depending on base material and your water table enough water under liner can cause it to "float" liner, causing wrinkles in the bottom off liner.


    My inground vinyl has drain lines underneath, which allows me to pump water from underneath, which I sometimes use to "refill" my pool do to evaporation and splash out. You might look to see if you have such a setup.


    Someone will probably come along to offer a better explanation


    Hope that helps.. and again Welcome to TFP

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    To follow up on what ship of fools said, My pool has a metal frame around the perimeter with a sand base. I'm not sure what other types of setup are used, but someone will know
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