Now that it has warmed up somewhat.. the freeze alert quit coming on thru the night. I noticed my SWG wasn't making salt - which I guess is normal under certain degrees. So I've been doing the bleach as needed. It warmed up, and I started noticing that my spa level was down nearly an inch every morning from the spillover level. At night the pool seemed low. So I've been filling the pool every 2-3 days about an inch or more. It's been quite windy (nearly had white caps..) Plus, I have 2 automated Jandy valves.. and one of them I noticed doesn't come back a full 180 degrees. I'd say only about 150 degrees, so I thought maybe that valve was letting water drain back into the pool. I did the bucket test, and sure enough, the pool went low, and the bucket stayed the same. The PB came out last week and changed the check valve (I guess a common issue.) Next morning.. spa down an inch.
Wednesday, I ran my tests and the CYA was a whopping 30! I added stabilizer and anything else I needed and called the PB. He said to chlorinate the pool and flip the breaker(s) off and he'd come check it Saturday. That would help him zero in on the leak. Well, here it is 2 days later and the spa level has dropped 6 1/2 inches!!! The pool is exactly where is was on Wednesday. That's a big leak - isn't it? The grass is not wet, the pool equipment is bone dry. There were no extra bubbles in the basket holder (plastic top) by the pump before I turned it all off. In fact, the water is still at the top with the same one bubble.
My salt level (according to the Easytouch monitor was 1800 too!) I guess I should have suspected something when the PC told me to add 120 pounds of salt. I usually add some, then test, then add again and again until I get a good reading. I have learned a really good lesson. The chem tests can show you more than just numbers. I have a serious leak!
I am praying for an easy fix… Any thoughts or questions I might ask?