I am still in my first week of pool ownership and so far it has not been a blast.
I began noticing this morning that I had lost 1 1/2"s over 48 to 72 hours. I refilled the pool and lost a 1/2" over 6 hours. My pool has approximately 1000sq ft of surface area. My pump has a slight leak but no where near enough to have leaked that much out. After placing a Tupperware container under it for a hour I only got a cup. When I look in the strainer cap I think I see small air bubbles which from my reading would indicate a suction side leak.
My questions are:
1) since my pump runs 24/7 if it was a suction side leak wouldn't the leak only be present if the pump or strainer was turned off?
2). I do not see air bubbles coming out of the returns which I also believe would be indicative of a suction side issue?
3). How do I diagnose a pressure side leak?
4). Does the can of fix-a-leak stuff actually work?
As additional information the pool was winterized 2 years ago and not reopened until this week. The house we bought is a repo so we don't know a ton about it. The pool was full of water all winter due to rain and snow melt which leads me to believe that it is not an issue with the pool liner, but the plumbing. I also understand that it is possible that a leak in the liner has developed in the last few days.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance