I live in Atlanta Ga. I have an inground pool. I just bought this house a few months ago. It was a foreclosure and I don't know anything about the previous owner or what was done to the pool.
When we took the cover off the pool it was like a swamp. Leaves had been rotting in there for a long time. The water level was down about a foot below the the top.
Before we drained the pool and cleaned it and refilled it, we raised the water level and measured it for 3 days and there was no leak. The
water went down about 1/2 inch in 3 days, but we figured that was normal evaporation.
Now that we cleaned it and refilled it, it is leaking, going down about an inch a day. The pool guy helping me says to let it go down and see where it stops and that will be the way to locate the leak. Probably all the debris in the pool before we drained it kept it from leaking. Probably the leak is in one of the input pipes.
If the leak is in an input pipe it will be fairly expensive to dig down into the ground and fix it, and this brings me to my question:
Why not run the pipes to and from the pump/filter over the surface of the ground, and down the inside edge of the pool? It would be much
cheaper and easier, and if it was done right it could look just fine. Is there any reason not to do it this way? Is there any reason you
have to put the pipes underground?