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    HELP!!! Potential leak in main drain?!?

    Today they acid washed our pool. I went out there when they were finished and they were mixing some "pool putty" and placing it along with a piece of sponge down in a PVC pipe in the drain. I asked what the putty was for and they told me the pool has two pipes in each drain and the PebbleSheen guy accidently chipped away the plaster from the wrong pipe so he was putting pool putty in it to make sure it didn't leak. They then started filling up the pool and left. WTH??? If it is supposed to be full of plaster, how is putty going to work? I know he went several inches down the pipe because I could see it before he filled the top with putty but the other guy said he didn't go all the way through the plaster. My PB is out of town - so I left a message at the office but I don't know if his assistant will get it or know what to do. I don't want to fill my pool and then have a leak, have to drain, repair the pipe and then refill ($$$) or a few years from now have a leak because the "pool putty" has broken down. What should I do and is this a concern?!?

    I asked why there were two pipes in the drain to begin with and he said they always do that to allow for water to come in the pool but since it was built I don't need it anymore. Is that my hydrostatic drain? Don't I need that? The other drain has a pipe filled in with plaster and an open pipe.

    Here is a picture of the drain...


    You can't see much but the white area is the putty and the black area is the one pipe that is open.
    Built in 2011, 23x34' IG freeform play pool (18,850 gallon) ~ 7' spa raised 18" with 5 jets, 3 tier fountain and 5 tier cascading waterfall into pool ~ IntelliChlor SCG ~ Pentair Intelligent VS-3050 variable speed pump ~ Clean and Clear 420 cartridge filter ~ Easy touch controller ~ Blue Granite Pebble Sheen ~ Intellibrite LEDs ~ Turbo twister slide ~ 8x8 flagstone tanning ledge with umbrella sleeve and bubbler ~ In-pool flagstone table with umbrella sleeve ~ 997 sq ft exposed aggregate decking Our pool build

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    Re: HELP!!! Potential leak in main drain?!?

    So the PB's assistant came out here and when I was explaining they filled the pipe with putty he said they cap it and I said no, they filled it with a sponge and then putty. I had him get in the pool and take the drain cover off (wish I had taken a picture) and he didn't know why it was filled with putty but he said don't worry they have a diver if anything needs to be fixed. Easier said than done lol. I think that is my hydrostatic drain and it should have a valve on it but now is filled with plaster, a sponge and putty.

    Here is a picture of the plumbing before gunite. You can tell the drain on the left has 2 PVC pipes and the drain on the right has 1 pipe. What is the purpose of that shorter PVC pipe on the left? That is the one that is filled.

    Built in 2011, 23x34' IG freeform play pool (18,850 gallon) ~ 7' spa raised 18" with 5 jets, 3 tier fountain and 5 tier cascading waterfall into pool ~ IntelliChlor SCG ~ Pentair Intelligent VS-3050 variable speed pump ~ Clean and Clear 420 cartridge filter ~ Easy touch controller ~ Blue Granite Pebble Sheen ~ Intellibrite LEDs ~ Turbo twister slide ~ 8x8 flagstone tanning ledge with umbrella sleeve and bubbler ~ In-pool flagstone table with umbrella sleeve ~ 997 sq ft exposed aggregate decking Our pool build

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    Re: HELP!!! Potential leak in main drain?!?

    So after researching, I am pretty sure the PebbleSheen crew filled our hydrostatic valve with a sponge and pool putty on top of the plaster that was/is already in there. Pretty sure that isn't a good thing?!?

    Built in 2011, 23x34' IG freeform play pool (18,850 gallon) ~ 7' spa raised 18" with 5 jets, 3 tier fountain and 5 tier cascading waterfall into pool ~ IntelliChlor SCG ~ Pentair Intelligent VS-3050 variable speed pump ~ Clean and Clear 420 cartridge filter ~ Easy touch controller ~ Blue Granite Pebble Sheen ~ Intellibrite LEDs ~ Turbo twister slide ~ 8x8 flagstone tanning ledge with umbrella sleeve and bubbler ~ In-pool flagstone table with umbrella sleeve ~ 997 sq ft exposed aggregate decking Our pool build

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    Re: HELP!!! Potential leak in main drain?!?

    Is the same pipe plumbed to another location? I had the same thing and they plugged the one in the pool bottom, but there is a "cap" on the side of my deck that is plumbed to the same sump under the pool.
    DONE, 20 x 40, inground gunite, 30" raised bond beam with 3 12" sheer descents, 8' diving board, pentair 420 cartridge filter, vs-3050 pump, intellechlor ic-40, auto cvr, Tahoe blue pebble tech, 6ea 4' x 12.5' & 2ea 1' x 12.5' helicol solar panels, legend robotic cleaner.

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