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    Do i have a leak

    Noticed recently that I seem to be adding more water than usual. Now, it is getting hotter, but just seems like a lot to me.

    Also, when I turn the pump on now, the basket before the main pump has to fill with water, when usually it has water in it and just starts. (pretty sure) Is this a sign of anything.

    There are no visible leaks on the pad where the equipment sits. is it possible for it to flow out the backwash pipe? i check the lever and it is down.

    Thanks in advance.
    new house: TBDK gal IG plaster pool, filter Titan CM DE filter 36 sq ft , 1.5 HP Pump; Polaris 380

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    Re: Do i have a leak

    Check out the article in finding leaks in Pool School.

    Air in the pump strainer basket after the system has been off for a while does suggest a leak, though it could be a very slow leak. Sometimes you get lucky and a leak is easy to find, other times it can get to be quite a large adventure figuring out where the leak is.
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    Re: Do i have a leak

    Here is the article JasonLion mentioned: http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...leak_detection

    You may want to do the bucket test where you put a 5 gallon bucket mostly submerged on the steps and fill it so that the level inside the bucket is equal to the pool level. Then compare the change in the buckets level with the change in the pool level over a day or two.
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    Re: Do i have a leak

    so this:

    The way to tell if it's the pool or the plumbing is to plug all the inlets and outlets (returns, skimmers, drains, cleaner lines') ' mark the water level with a piece of tape or a pencil mark and see if the water drops in 12 - 24 hours. To keep the effects of evaporation out of this test, fill a bucket with water, mark the level of the water in the bucket, set it on the stairs and compare the water loss between the pool level and the bucket level. If the pool itself doesn't show any loss with the lines plugged, the problem is in the underground plumbing.
    Should i boost the chlorine if i stop the pump for two days?

    To plug the lines, do i just turn the Jandy valves up on each one? (main drain, returns, skimmer etc)

    I'll post a pic of my setup when i get home.
    new house: TBDK gal IG plaster pool, filter Titan CM DE filter 36 sq ft , 1.5 HP Pump; Polaris 380

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    Re: Do i have a leak

    Yes, though if you just want to see if are loosing water (and not have to turn off your equipment), you can do the bucket test without plugging. If you find you are loosing water in the pool then the next step would be to plug the inlets/outlets.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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