Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Replenishing water in Chicago weather? Also ? about drain

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Way north of Chicago
    Posts
    40

    Replenishing water in Chicago weather? Also ? about drain

    Wondered how much water we should have to add every day in this heat - seems like it's down about 1" per day. Previous owners left us an automatic filler that works on a garden hose. We didn't use it for a couple of days and water was down far enough that skimmers were sucking in a bit of air.

    For some reason the prev owners have the main drain valve turned off and just run the pump off 1 big square skimmer and 3 round ones. Is this the right way to do it? Seems like turning on the drain would ensure water going to the pump even if level gets lower.

    Thanx, still very new at this but at least water quality looks good. Now if we could just train the frogs to jump out of the pool by themselves...
    25000 gal inground curved L shape - concrete, fiberglass walls - with Jacuzzi Sherlock 160 cartridge filter, Laars Lite LLG gas heater & Klean-a-tron robot
    near the pool: Cookshack Smokette, Akorn Kamado grill, putting green
    in the shed: Deere greens mower, Simplicity FC-16 front cut mower

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    SouthWest Alabama
    Posts
    22,333

    Re: Replenishing water in Chicago weather? Also ? about drai

    1" per day is a leak. Do a bucket test to confirm and then start hunting.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
    24' x 52" Round AGP. 2hp/¼hp SPL Power-Flo 2-speed pump. 200sqft Waterway Cartridge Filter. 45MHP2(3GPD) Stenner Peristaltic Pump
    Pool School ----- Pool Math ----- TF-Test Kit

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Re: Replenishing water in Chicago weather? Also ? about drai

    I'm noticing around 1" per week.
    Aaron
    [ Vogue Vectra 24' AG | Hard plumb: Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 1HP 2-speed, 27" sand filter & Pentair MiniMax 100 NG | Taylor K-2006 | Central IL ]
    Powered by: TFP, PoolMath & TFTestkits

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Way north of Chicago
    Posts
    40

    Re: Replenishing water in Chicago weather? Also ? about drai

    Darn. Wonder if the previous owner knew it leaked - guess it doesn't matter now.

    I suppose the first and easiest step is to see if it loses as much water when the pump isn't running. I'm in Kentucky for this week, will have my wife mark water level at nite when pump stops, then check it morning before it starts, then again at nite. (pump runs from approx 8am to 8pm.)

    I don't think leak is from pump, filter, chlorinator, or heater as that equipment is in basement of house so we'd see water on basement floor. There is a pretty crummy looking gate valve on the drain line that comes off the filter (prev guy said it was backwash line for old sand filter), possibly it's pumping water to wherever that pipe goes. That would be too lucky I suppose.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    25000 gal inground curved L shape - concrete, fiberglass walls - with Jacuzzi Sherlock 160 cartridge filter, Laars Lite LLG gas heater & Klean-a-tron robot
    near the pool: Cookshack Smokette, Akorn Kamado grill, putting green
    in the shed: Deere greens mower, Simplicity FC-16 front cut mower

  5. Back To Top    #5
    gordyjamz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    34

    Re: Replenishing water in Chicago weather? Also ? about drai

    Yeah, 1" per day is way too much. I'm in the far northwest suburbs, and during the month we didn't have any rain at all, I was maybe losing 3/4" a week. I would look for a leak somewhere.
    20x40 24,000 gal IG plaster/CircuPool RJ45 SWG/2 skimmer/2sp 2.5hp Jandy Stealth/340sq ft cart filter/600sqftHeliocol Solar Panels/6ft semi circlr tanning ledge/25ft deep end bench/5ft sheer descent/2 lion head water features/1300sqft travertine paver/2 Colorlogic lights/Hayward Navigator/3step 2ft raised bond beam

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •