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    Leak -- Emergency Or Not?

    I'm starting a new thread...just seeking some guidance on how much time is too much to wait on fixing a leak. I started noticing the pool losing more water than usual around mid week...and confirmed that it's leaking by end of week. Unfortunately I couldn't get an assistance in on Friday, so here it is on Saturday and the pool is still leaking about an inch to an inch and a half a day. Based on what I've read here that's 1000 to 1500 gallons?

    I've walked the perimeter and can't find the water that's leaving...and can't find any flaws in the liner that I can even test with food coloring.

    Given that it's going to be another 36+ hours before I can even dream of getting anyone to come help...how long is too long to let the pool just leak before I potentially compromise the stuff under the deck...the pool or both. Or am I over-reacting?

    I've also read that draining the pool with a vinyl liner is not a good move either, so I'm caught between two bad choices potentially.

    Please help?

    Thank you!
    Gene

    16 x 32 Inground Pool, 8 Feet x 3 Feet, Vinyl Liner
    Hayward Single Speed Pump

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    Re: Leak -- Emergency Or Not?

    According to PoolMath 1" of water in your pool is 320 gallons. It rains lots more than that when it rains. I think it will be fine.

    When draining a vinyl pool it is recommended to leave a foot of water in the shallow end to hold the liner in place to prevent shifting or shrinking.
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    Re: Leak -- Emergency Or Not?

    Ok. Thank you. Kinda like when the MD tests you for something and you feel every little pain--sure that you have the disease----I'm now noticing every indention in the side or bottom of the pool and am making the connection that surely the bottom of the pool is washing out in the flood

    I will "stand down" until I can seek professional help on Monday. I am going to drop it far enough to completely eliminate the skimmer as even a possibility. The way it's leaking that's easy! Just wait an hour or so! ��

    Thank you again. Having a voice of reason is reassuring in times like this.
    Gene

    16 x 32 Inground Pool, 8 Feet x 3 Feet, Vinyl Liner
    Hayward Single Speed Pump

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