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    How to find a small leak in my liner

    I have a leak in my Intex liner and I am sure it is on the bottom somewhere. The funny thing is, the one spot I thought would leak isn't and the area that I am sure the leak is in is completely smooth with NO protrusions! I hate having to add water every few days because of the leak. I can understand to evaporation in this darn Texas heat but not to a pesky leak.
    My question is, I have no clue where the leak is, other than it is on one side of the pool and it is damp from one support to another one 5 posts away, so it is a large area. I lose about 1" of water every 2 days or so. How can I find this leak? Is there anything I can put in the water (dye) etc that would help or am I just out of luck?
    Also, I've read about people patching their pool with water in it, what is the deal with that? Is it a patch I can buy at my local pool store?
    Thanks for your help.
    Intex 16x48" Easy Set metal frame pool filtered by a Hayward 1.5hp PowerFlo Matrix pump with Pro series sand filter. It's a work in progress so my saltwater system and complete PVC plumbing is in the future.
    LED pool light for nighttime fun!

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    Re: How to find a small leak in my liner

    The leak sounds like it might be evaporation. put a 5 gal bucket right beside your pool or on the steps is best. If the bucket water and the pool water recede at the same rate, it's only evaporation.

    Prove to yourself first you really have a leak.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: How to find a small leak in my liner

    I will try that, my initial thought, with as hot as it has been, was evaporation. But that doesn't explain the dampness around one side of the pool........
    Intex 16x48" Easy Set metal frame pool filtered by a Hayward 1.5hp PowerFlo Matrix pump with Pro series sand filter. It's a work in progress so my saltwater system and complete PVC plumbing is in the future.
    LED pool light for nighttime fun!

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    Re: How to find a small leak in my liner

    I saw something about using a dye solution or ph testing solution. I would think you would have to have to pool calm, then put in the solution close to where you have the damp yard and watch. Sounds like to great day of fun.
    12K gallon, FF, IG plaster. WhisperFlo 1.5 hp pump. FNS-Plus Vertical Grid D.E. filter, 48 sq.ft.. Kreepy Krauly that scares the heck out of the grandkids:)

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    Re: How to find a small leak in my liner

    I tried the "food coloring" thing and it didn't work but what a local store suggested that I do was to get in the general area I thought the leak was in... in your case near the wet area... and walk around the pool feeling the sand below the liner with your feet. When you find an area where the sand is kinda washed out (you'll feel the difference) then you've found your leak. Worked for me and we patched it with a kit from Wally world!
    Kelly from St. Louis
    27ft AG approx 18,000 gals / Jacuzzi Laser Sand filter

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