You might remember that I am in my first year of pool ownership and have asked a lot of questions here. I wanted to tell you all thank you.
I have a funny story on me that will explain how much help you have all been. My daughters and I and assorted friends have been using our pool almost every day since warm weather hit. We "play rough" and there is a lot of splashing (and we have hit triple digits now) so it isn't unusual for me to need to put in additional water.
I went out yesterday to gaze over my smooth water and realized that I needed to put some water in. Dropped in the hose and went back into the air conditioning with a timer to remind me to go turn it off. A bit later I went out to shut off the water and was surprised to see that the water level hadn't really raised. I reset the timer and went out later and was very worried to see that the water level had not raised.
OK, now panic is setting in. Turned off the hose and stood there staring at the pool. Why isn't the level rising? Absently pulled the hose out of pool and dropped it back in, focused on how there must be a leak somewhere and what kind of mess do I have... and I notice something odd. When I dropped the hose it hit the water way above where I thought the water line was. It hit WAY up on the tile. I am looking at the tile and the water line is at the bottom third of the tile. But it is hitting water in the top quarter of the tile. I reached in to the pool and the water line was indeed at the top quarter of the tile. What I was seeing was grout line at the bottom third of the tile. My water was SO CLEAR that I couldn't see it!!!
This for a first year pool owner, 25 year old pool that needs to be replastered (putting it off until the end of swim season), in a pool that is being used almost every day, and trees and grass all over the area.
Thank you all so very much!