I am just joining the TFP community. I am new to pool ownership as we moved in to our new house last Nov and the pool was already closed. I paid a pool company to open the pool for me and they messed it up which led me to find the TFP forum. I think that Pool School and the forum are absolutely awesome.
I think based on reading Pool School and using the Taylor K-2006 test kit I have managed to get my pool chemistry almost there.
My readings this evening are:
FC: 4.4 FC
CC: less than 0.2 (i.e. I need less than one drop to get the solution to turn clear)
I added some more CYA this evening to keep on bumping up the CYA levels. I am doing it slowly to make sure that I don't overshoot the top limit and have to drain out some water. My salt level is a bit low and I will add some more salt once I get a chance to make a trip to the local Costco to pick up some more pool salt.
I thought that I was doing well until I discovered that I may have a leak this week.
My pool has one skimmer, main drain and both a solar heater and a natural gas heater.
The plumbing is as follows:
1) Skimmer + Main train link up at a three way valve
2) Out flowing water from the three way valve goes to my pump and then sand filter
3) From the Sand Filter it goes to another three way valve and the flow splits to a) Solar Panels b) Pipe towards the natural gas heater
4) Pipe from the solar panels joins up with the pipe coming from the three-way valve and then attaches to the natural gas heater
5) From the natural gas heater the pipe goes to the chlorinator and then back to the 2 returns
I have no visible leaks on my equipment pad or any of the plumbing visible above ground.
Last night I closed of the flow from the main drain and left the pool running on the skimmer and with water flowing to the solar panels. I measured the water level last night and this evening and I have lost about an inch of water. This seems way too much based on evaporation.
I now know that I may have a leak in either my skimmer plumbing, solar panels/plumbing or return lines. So I turned off the water flow to the solar panels this evening and measured the water level. I will measure it again tomorrow night to see if I have lost more water.
Assuming that I isolate the water loss to the skimmer plumbing which is 85% buried then what can I do to fix the leak? Is the following product any good:
Is using it going to mess up my sand filter in some way?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance