Thank you first and foremost because last time I posted something on another acct (couldn't figure out how to log on to it!) response was great. My pool is a 15x30 oval shape inground pool about 7 feet deep and i live in Massachusetts.
Now to my problem..A few weeks ago i noticed my pool was losing a little bit of water but not enough time elapsed until i refilled it so the difference wasn't as noticeable until now and also I thought it could have been the weather because it has been so hot in Massachusetts. Flash forward to last Thursday, I was preparing to go away until last night (Monday) and noticed the pool lower than usual once again. I had to go so I decided to switch my valve to just go to the bottom skimmer in case it went past skimmer (thank god i did that!!) and was going to have my father in law come by on Saturday to turn it off. Sure enough my wonderful father in law did not, but luckily a friend stopped by on Sunday. He then sent me a wonderful picture of my pool steps and the jet just above the water. He also sent me a picture of one other jet (have a total of 3), and the water was just barely above. So when i was gone somehow my pool became a fountain!!!! I asked him to turn off the pump which he did and hoped for the best when i got home.
I got home late last night and could tell that the jets away from stairs were just above the water now and I continued to keep the pump off overnight. This morning I went out and saw that the water was now about 1 inch below my jets. So then i did some tests. First with the pump off marked a line at the top of the water. Kept pump off for 1.5 hours. The water dropped about 3/16". Next i put the pump on (water coming from bottom drain because water line is way past the skimmer). Water dropped same amount in same timeframe. I'm not even close to a novice nevermind a pro at pools and plumbing but to me seems like most likely water is leaking from bottom drain to the pump. I've noticed a little bit of air bubbles in the pump but don't know if that is more/less than normal. I have a pool guy coming to my house tomorrow, and though he did a great job replacing my pump and filter and opening my pool unexpectedly last year, still leery of his full advice because i feel like every pool store and every pool guy has drastic differences of opinions.
That being said, if whoever decided to read my whole post! could give me their best advice on what to do that would be great along with answer a few questions. I am pretty handy and know how to fix leaks in pvc plumbing and know people who know a lot more than me in plumbing that could fix it for free (once we determine the location of leak).
1. Does it sound like the leak is coming from the bottom drain and/or somewhere in the pool?
2. Any advice or ideas on how to determine location of leak?
3. Any thought on how much i could potentially have to pay for this to be fixed?
4. Any suggestions or ideas for more information to find out before pool guy is here?
5. Any questions i should be asking pool guy?
6. Once i fix this issue i will only have few weeks left for season of pool, is there such thing a closing it too early?
Once again thanks for reading my post and for whatever feedback you might have.
A new fountain owner!,