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Thread: New Pool Owner..........DESPERATE!!!

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    New Pool Owner..........DESPERATE!!!

    We purchased a home in South Huntsville, AL in January of this year that has an inground pool. It is 18 X 36, 3 ft. to 10 ft.
    We have a Hayward Sand Filter and a Sta-Rite P2R Pump.
    It also has a Chlor-Matic cm601i salt water system (that we haven't even attempted to tackle yet).

    the pool was in terrible shape. As green as the nearest lake. We worked and shocked, vacuumed and shocked, balanced, stabilized and vacuumed some more. It took us a couple of weeks, but we finally had beautiful, clean water and swam this past weekend.

    Early last week, we noticed the water level was steadily falling and could hear the water going out through the waste. We went to the nearest pool store after looking online, and got the replacement part for the Hayward Sand Filter (spider gasket). Turned out, we needed the entire part so we replaced the top portion of it and still have the bottom half in case we need it later.

    So, everything was good until this past Sunday evening when we noticed that the water level had went down about 8". Thought it could just be from swimming the past two days. It rained Monday, didn't check it. Went back out Tuesday afternoon and it dropped at least another 8" to 10". Same thing again on Wednesday. As of today, Thursday (5/24) we have lost about 2 ft. of water. We have not ran the filter or the pump since we noticed the loss of water.

    There is no water, that we can hear, going through the waste. The water level is now just below the "jets" in the deep and shallow ends. We have marked the level to see if it goes any lower tonight, but it does seem to be holding it's own.

    We put red food coloring around the steps, both "jets" and the light and it doesn't appear to be "sucking" it in. There are no bubbles coming from anywhere else on the liner, even though the liner is older than I am (not really, but it is almost white).

    We looked back at the pictures we took of the pool when we first removed the cover, and the water is about a foot lower NOW than it was then so I really don't think it is a problem in the liner. But it could be because I don't have a clue.

    We are just wondering if it could be the "jets" and something to do with the pump/filter or all of the above.

    Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

    Desperate to swim this weekend in Alabama,

    15' Round Above Ground 5,300 gallons
    Cartridge filter

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: New Pool Owner..........DESPERATE!!!

    Welcome to TFP!

    Finding leaks can be tedious. You might want to use a leak detection/repair service. If you want to peruse this yourself, take a look at the fixing leaks section in Pool School.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Aug 2010
    Dallas, TX

    Re: New Pool Owner..........DESPERATE!!!

    Jason you just beat me. I used a leak detection service and it was worth the money I paid.
    Built in 1957 44,000 gallon in-ground, Wet Edge Primera Stone in Sky Blue, Intelliflo VF Pump, 600 lb. Pentair Triton II TR-100 Sand Filter, CircuPool RG 60 Plus SWG, TF-100 test kit
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    Re: New Pool Owner..........DESPERATE!!!

    When you say leak detection service, do you mean a pool guy???
    15' Round Above Ground 5,300 gallons
    Cartridge filter

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    Feb 2012
    Stowe, VT

    Re: New Pool Owner..........DESPERATE!!!


    They specialize in finding leaks.
    69,000 Gal gunite indoor IG pool.
    5 HP Emerson - Pentair Triton II Commercial TR140c Sand Filter x2
    5,000 Gal gunite outdoor IG hot tub
    2 HP Sta-Rite - Pentair Triton II Commercial TR140c Sand Filter

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