Hello everyone. This seems like a great site.
I have a leak in my main drain. I noticed the leak when I turned off the pump last month, so I knew it was somewhere on the suction side. I've let it go for about a month to where it drop too and it's now below the pool light and returns. My pool guy says it should be ok to plug the main drain and just run off the skimmer. Looking around the net, I can't find a definitve answer to this. I should say that I have no way of turning off the main drain. I only have one pipe coming out of the ground so I know the main drain and skimmer lines join up. I was going to just drain the pool and plug it, but i'm fearful about my pool cracking or popping up. I"m in Austin, TX. If that makes a difference. I've also seen a product called Fix-A Leak who some people have had success with. I was planning on running a pipe to the main drain and pouring some in and seeing if it would work. I'm sorry it this is somewhat incoherent, but I'm totally confused about this. I guess the easy response is to suck it up and call a professional, but I'm trying to cut my costs if at all possible.
It's an inground pool. Guanite. 11 feet on the deep end.