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    I think I have a leak

    I have an intex pool, so essentially the pool is the liner. I am not sure if I am losing water from a leak or evaporation, but it is dropping fast!
    How much water loss is no longer considered evaporation? I live in Se Texas, and it is in the humid upper 90's here.
    I am not noticing any water around the edges, we have had no rain to speak of, and it is bone dry. Help?
    Hurricane Rita did not kill me, but she killed my pool!


    Intex 36'X18'x52" "elliptical pool"/ Hayward 220 filter/1HP pump 14,364 gal, or so

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    Re: I think I have a leak

    I'd have to say that +/- 1/2" could be considered normal. If you're loosing more than that, I'd start looking for a leak
    Luv& Luk
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    Re: I think I have a leak

    Pretty sure I have a leak then, but where would the water go? It isn't coming out under the sides or anything......hmmmm.
    OH well, if it makes it till the end of the summer then I am happy.
    Hurricane Rita did not kill me, but she killed my pool!


    Intex 36'X18'x52" "elliptical pool"/ Hayward 220 filter/1HP pump 14,364 gal, or so

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    Re: I think I have a leak

    The water could very well be leaking out the bottom of the pool and being absorbed into the ground beneath it.

    To see if it's just evaporation do the bucket test. Take a bucket, fill it with water and set it near the pool. After a day if the pool water level has dropped more then the bucket level, you have a leak.

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    Re: I think I have a leak

    You can take a look at the article in Pool School here if you'd like to do a little investigation on the missing water
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

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    Re: I think I have a leak

    did you check your fittings at the filter and at the side of the pool. My Intex needed to be tightened a couple times a summer because the water would leak out of the return or at the intake valve at the side of the pool. Sometimes it would run down the side of the pool and you would not even notice it for days...Especially if you were not looking for it. Check there
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