I sure hope someone can help me.
We just purchased a home with a approximately 40 yr old pool....that has a few leaks. I was able to repair the all the leaks beside the skimmer leak. My problem is that the skimmer is encased in concrete so i cant see where the leak is coming from. I opened up the concrete pad and broke up a bit of the encased concrete. What i see is that if i turn the pump off right away water starts pooling in the whole i dug out. if i turn the pump on the water pools very slowly. This obviously indicates a leak under the skimmer. To my amazement however, i would plug up the hole in the skimmer that is connected to the pump and turn the pump off. expecting that the skimmer would stop leaking. Water keeps gathering into the hole but at a slower pace. In know its is not water running back from the pump because there is just too much of it. also, as i add more water to the pool the water in the hole gets fuller aswell, essentially to the level of the water in the pool. My skimmer has two holes, one to the pump and a second which i suppose is to the drain, with a little white puck size object in between...i assume that is the diverter. The other whole is plugged up which I assume is connected to the drain. I had someone come to inspect the pool with all their gadgets and they are sure there is a leak in the skimmer but never found a leak in the drain. Can anyone with experience please tell me what the heck is going on there I am ready to rip out the skimmer and install a new one but would love to find a cheaper alternative if possible. The previous owner assured us the pool was fine, recently found out from the that this pool has been leaking for years but the previous owners didnt want to spend money fixing it. It was winter when we bought the home so an inspection was not possible.