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    Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    I have a leak in my inground pool liner and was planning on replacing the liner this spring. Should I go ahead and empty the pool totally now and plan for the new liner in the spring? or should I have the current leaking fixed to avoid any damage under the pool.

    The liner is 8yrs old and badly faded around the water line. The leaking is from the deep end where the liner has wrinkled and there are multiple cracks in the wrinkles. It also looks to have pulled away slightly from the drain. Thanks. Stephane

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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    How much is it leaking daily?
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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    about 1/4"

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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    Depending somewhat on where you live, that could simply be evaporation and not a leak.

    I would surely not drain the pool but just keep it filled until it is time to replace the liner.
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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    Virginia....definetly not evaporation....leak may be closer to 1/2 " a day.....don't want to keep filling with water all winter. How much damage is caused underground or to the vermiculite if left leaking until April? I thought that maybe winterizing and lowering the pool level might reduce the leaking and I could get by until spring? Thanks.

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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    Well, you're there and know your pool better than me but my pool loses 1/4" daily from evaporation and that seems to be sort of an average on the East Coast.
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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    I wouldn't recommend draining it. Keep it full as possible. Vermiculite will hold up to water a lot better than to possible freezing
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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    Thanks duraleigh and swimcmp, I'm going to place a clear plastic bag of salt over and area that I think is the problem and hopefully that will slow down the draining until spring. Then a new liner. Thanks.

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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    Why salt? I would use sand in case water leaks into the bag.
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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    Ok....thanks jblizzle

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    Re: Inground Vinyl Liner Leak

    Why not patch it till the replacement. Nothing fancy.
    1) The size of your pool in gallons 4440.
    2) The type filter you have is an Intex 2500 gph and it has a re-useable fabric filter
    3) If your pool is an AG (above ground)
    4) Intex 15 by 48 metal frame.
    5) If you know, tell us the size pump 2500gph and the size (flow rate) of your filter.
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