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    pool leaking

    new pool owner in florida.

    i have a 14x28 gunite/concrete pool, not sure of the material. it seems everyday we are losing about an inch or more of water, fill the pool to about 1/2 way above skimmer entrance and its gone the next day.

    i was told i have a suction side leak, not sure if that would cause the water to leak, and also an unground floor cleaner which is disconnected and the some of the covers for whatever the jet things have come off.

    the o-rings were replaced on the pump, and the motor is new. tile is missing grout as well. and 2 of the return jets (i think thats what they are called that blow the water into the pool) are not flush with the wall, seems like they were put on new and left a 1/2 in gap between the round thing and the wall.

    any advice would be appreciated.

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    Re: pool leaking

    Welcome to TFP.

    Let's start with the leak.
    Have you let it leak down until it stopped leaking? If so where did it stop?
    Have you tried to run the bucket test to insure that it is a leak?
    Does it leak more or less when the pump is running?
    What type filter do you have? If it's a sand or DE, does it have a multiport valve? Regardless, have you checked to see if water is coming out the waste port?
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    yes. stopped right at the lower wall tile line.

    bucket test was not conclusive, i more than likely screwed it up. but the pool water was down after 24 and 48 hours about 1-1/2 inches

    about the same running or not running

    hayward filter, round long filter cartridge. water is leaking from the auto chlorinator as well, about 1 large kitchen bowl per 10 minutes just noticed that.

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    Re: pool leaking

    Is the bottom of the skimmer or some other penetration at that level?
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    the opening for the skimmer is about that level, actually makes a loud gurgling noise when the water went down and a crazy whirlpool type of motion with water.

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    That makes sense. I'd say that your leak is in the skimmer or skimmer plumbing. Plug the hole in the skimmer off and see if it still leaks. If it does, then the leak is in the skimmer box or mouth. If it doesn't, the leak is in the plumbing.

    Is your skimmer and main drain tied together under the skimmer? If it is you need to plug both holes in the skimmer bottom.
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    i have no idea. there are 2 holes in the skimmer not sure what either are. is there a fix for skimmer plumbing or do i need someone to tear up the concrete deck

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    Very rarely is the leak underground. It's usually a sealing issue in the throat of the skimmer. However, if it is then tearing up decking is about the only way to get to it. But don't get the cart before the horse. Find the leak first an then make a decision about what to do about it.
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    what would be the best way to find the leak in the skimmer, i know nothing about pools. sorry if i sound like an idiot.

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    the pool just turned on, zero pressure showing on filter valve but there is good flow in the pool and the auto chlorinator is leaking like a fountain?

    what the heck is going on with this

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    Re: pool leaking

    Bad gauge is usually the issue. You have the multi-port in the filter position, right?
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    not to sound dumb, what position is that i have handy valves

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    Re: pool leaking

    Since you have a cartridge filter you don't have a backwash valve.

    I suspect that you have a bad gage as the other Dave does. They're cheap and easy to replace.

    By Auto-chlorinator, I assume it's a tablet feeder. If so, and it's leaking out the top, it's probably loose or possibly a bad gasket/o-ring.

    Once you're narrowed the location down, we can tell you the best way to go about finding it. If it's in the skimmer throat you can take some dark food coloring and squirt a little at any suspect joint or seam and if it's leaking it'll pull the coloring into the seam or joint.
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    Re: pool leaking

    My apologies for adding confusion to the issue suggesting you had a multi-port. I was careless and didn't see you had a cart filter.
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    @duraleigh no worries on the confusion, can't possibly get more confused than i already am

    yes it is a tablet filter, leaked out about 2 16oz kitchen bowls in 30 mins, having a new one installed hopefully thats the issue the ground is not wet, nothing on the deck, only the leak on the chlorinator

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    system stopped running, down about an inch of water and chlorinator thing leaked numerous pots full of water?

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    Re: pool leaking

    If you can bypass the chlorinator I would try that and see if you still lose water.
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    Re: pool leaking

    Personally I wouldn't replace the tab feeder. I'd just cut it out of the plumbing all together. Once you've found and fixed the leak you can read here a bit and start using liquid chlorine for sanitation.

    Do you have a couple of winter plugs you can stick in the holes in the bottom of the skimmer? Have you done that yet?
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    i got the plugs today and will put in tomorrow. pool is down about another 1/2 inch of water from yesterday-- ugh

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    Re: pool leaking

    Post back once you get them installed and let us know what you find.
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