Live in South Carolina, USA
24ft round above ground pool. liner is 2 years old. built the deck myself last spring (1 year ago).
All summer, pool was great. I covered my pool last September. Around November/December, I noticed the water level dropping. It was really slow. I couldn't tell from day to day if it was ever done. Around January, it stopped. I could finally tell. I uncovered a few weeks ago. Here's what I've done so far:
walked around the inside perimeter feeling slowly the whole waterline, where the leak has to be. Nothing. feels as smooth as a baby's bottom.
filled it another inch or 2 of water, tried dropping food coloring in around the perimeter. Nothing.
ordered special pool dye, with a real skinny long plastic dropper. Did that around the perimeter, Nothing.
The pictures below show: I filled the water again another couple of inches, and marked it with a piece of black electrical tape. This was Tuesday around 5PM. I took these pictures today, Thursday around 5PM. So 48 hours passed. The pictures don't show it very clear, but only maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water has leaked out. The leak must be really really small. You can see the pollen line from 2 days ago, and some leaves and stuff around the rim.
I've read about the "fix-a-leak" you circulate in the pool, and it finds the leaks and fixes them. I haven't really read, or could even find, any good success stories about it.
* anyone ever use this "fix-a-leak" stuff?
* anyone ever have a teeny tiny leak that they've found and repaired? if so please help?
* considering contacting a professional, but i'm afraid the cost would be about half as much as a new liner.
Any advice or troubleshooting would help.