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    Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    Hi all, my pool is losing a couple of inches of water per day! I just opened it last week. After taking off the cover I did notice the water level was extremely low.

    I don't see any water anywhere so I suspect it's leaking out on the floor of the pool and directly going into the ground.

    I'm so bummed. I'm not even certain of next steps.

    I have zero experience with this so before I get the pool company over here I thought I'd check in to see what my alternatives would be if any.

    I'm not certain how old the liner is either, my house is a rental however, I rent from relatives so I can find out the age.

    Thanks!
    15,500 gal above ground vinyl pool

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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    How far down was the water when you opened? Looking around the pool about that level would be a good place to start. If it was about the level of the skimmer or return I'd look at those too. Otherwise look closely around the wall for a damp spot.
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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    around March/April the pool cover partially came off during a windstorm (I live in CT) and this is when I noticed there was only about 5 inches in the pool!

    so my guess is it was slowly losing water all winter long and I had no idea.
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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    If it's not the bottom it's real close. I'd start looking at the seam around the bottom.
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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    yes, it would appear it's at the bottom (or close) so I guess I should start draining? try to see if I can find the leak and possibly patch myself.
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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    You actually don't need to drain it to find or patch it. You can patch a leak under water.
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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    OK....how does that work? I have ZERO experience. How do I even find the leak?
    please note the pool is not crystal clear, it was on its way but I stopped running the filter because of the daily water loss. How in the heck do I find the leak? The water is now approx 1 inch below the skimmer.
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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    Start by looking around the outside wall for a damp spot, then concentrate on that spot inside if you find one.
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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    it hasn't rained in a few days. There are no damp spots. I've been out there twice today just looking....and nothing. I'm going to go out again, and really look however, I just can't seem to find a thing!
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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    IF you can't find anything at all then you're left with either clearing the water enough to see the bottom well or draining and inspecting it.
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    Re: Above Ground Pool Losing Water

    that is the plan, drain the water a bit, check for leaks, if none found, drain a little more. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. Tina
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