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    New Pool Post-Fill Up Questions

    Our new in ground 12K gallon gunite pool finish (Marquis quartz) was applied on Thursday afternoon. Filling it through a garden hose started right away. By yesterday evening, the pool was filled up to half the 6" waterline tile, which is when I turned the water off. The builder was supposed to do the start up yesterday but no one showed up. I noticed last night that the water seemed to have dropped a bit but wasn't sure I had filled it as much as I thought so I filled it to halfway up the waterline tile. I checked the water this morning, and it has dropped an inch and a half or two.

    Here are my questions:

    1. Is it normal for a new pool to lose this much water?

    2. Is it OK for the tap water to sit until at least Monday to begin the start up?

    3. None of the heads/nozzles (not sure of proper term) for the therapy jets, in floor/wall cleaning system or tanning ledge fountain have been installed. Is that typically done after the pool is filled? Seems odd if so, but I have no idea.

    In case you are wondering, I haven't asked our builder because we lost faith in it several months ago (pool was supposed to be done at the beginning of September and there have been many other issues). Monday will be five months from start.

    Thanks!

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    Re: New Pool Post-Fill Up Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by flbassjag
    Our new in ground 12K gallon gunite pool finish (Marquis quartz) was applied on Thursday afternoon. Filling it through a garden hose started right away. By yesterday evening, the pool was filled up to half the 6" waterline tile, which is when I turned the water off. The builder was supposed to do the start up yesterday but no one showed up. I noticed last night that the water seemed to have dropped a bit but wasn't sure I had filled it as much as I thought so I filled it to halfway up the waterline tile. I checked the water this morning, and it has dropped an inch and a half or two.

    Here are my questions:

    1. Is it normal for a new pool to lose this much water? No....you have a leak.

    2. Is it OK for the tap water to sit until at least Monday to begin the start up? Perhaps, but I would suggest you add a small jug of Clorox

    3. None of the heads/nozzles (not sure of proper term) for the therapy jets, in floor/wall cleaning system or tanning ledge fountain have been installed. Is that typically done after the pool is filled? Seems odd if so, but I have no idea. I don't know, either

    In case you are wondering, I haven't asked our builder because we lost faith in it several months ago (pool was supposed to be done at the beginning of September and there have been many other issues). Monday will be five months from start.

    Thanks!
    Dave S.
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    Re: New Pool Post-Fill Up Questions

    Thanks for the reply. A leak certainly wasn't unexpected given all of the other issues we have experienced, and it's sort of been the running joke with our family and neighbors that we would have one (or more) when the pool was finally "done". I guess there's still plenty more that can go wrong once the equipment starts running.

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    Re: New Pool Post-Fill Up Questions

    Do you have pictures of the build process and problems that were encountered?

    These can help our experts to properly diagnose where you leaks may be coming from. If they're plumbing related, or what.

    If you need help posting photos, see this thread for instructions.
    how-to-add-pictures-to-a-post-full-guide-with-screenshots-t45050.html
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    Re: New Pool Post-Fill Up Questions

    Did the water cover any returns or drains when it was at the high point? Was it just below these after leaking?


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