Ok, I have discovered that I definitely have am losing water in my pool to a leak. I noticed I was losing around an inch and a half or more of water in around 24 hours. So here are the steps I've taken so far:
2 days ago I filled to normal level (little over half way up the skimmer inlet).
Performed the bucket test without the pump running (did not notice losing water through plumbing, but all lines are underground.)
Only thing I did not do was plug returns or skimmers, do I need to reperform test with doing this?
Bucket test definitely showed the pool is leaking. Didn't lose hardly any water to evaporation in the bucket. It seems my pool level dropped to the same point it was with the pump running previously.
So, my next step I am doing is leaving the pump off for another 24 hours, I marked the water level on my skimmer inlet to see if it drops anymore.
Am I taking the right steps? And would should my next step be? Thanks for any help, been a rough start to the pool season.
And I also leave in a week for a 7 day vacation