Okay overall I am not new to pools but a do it myself novice. I have a 13000 inground gunite pool, with a pentair superflo and booster pump, sand filter and a electric heat pump. I was noticing wetness around the main pump on the concrete and the outflow line of the heat pump. I was constantly low on salt and did have a autofiller. I turned off the autofiller and noted the water level was going down 1/2 inch a day. I decide to fix the pump and used a kit and changed all orings and seals and now its dry as a bone, and the line out of the heat pump was tightened and it does not leak either. Looked at the sand filter and there is no wetness at all except one drop on the intake pipe, but I can't tighten this as can't turn the pipe its all glued. BUT really see no wetness anywhere here anyway. I look inside the heat pump and see puddle of water but have it covered with tarp, but this is degrading so this could be from rain holding there, Have no way to get in there and blow water out and don't see drip. I put a cup in the pipe for backwash while pump is filtereing and don't see any water coming that a way.
Did the bucket test and after one week the bucket is always 1 inch or so higher than the pool. I have a skimmer that also has the return built into it and the builder has some valves where i can turn off the skimmer return or the bottom drains (two together). I have ran several days both ways and seems it still loses versus the bucket but its worse when pulling from the bottom drains. All these lines are underground and in concrete with travertine anyway. NO way in **** i would have this dug up and just keep replacing water and chemicals if I had too. Should I take the top off the heat pump and blow out that water I can see if thats the culprit. Or any other suggestion. I am running with the bottom drains closed as this seems to lose less water.