I noticed a leak and called a detection company to come out and find it. Sure enough there is a broken fitting in a return line a couple of feet from the pool wall - of course it is underneath some concrete decking.
Repair estimate is $2600!
Being the cheap bastage that I am, I'd like to investigate 2 options:
1) Push some sort of plug (inflatable?) into the return line from the pool. I think I'd need 2 plugs - push one up from the pool past the leak, and push another up from the pool downstream from the leak (so that there are plugs on either side of the leak). This would effectively block this return line entirely.
Do they make plugs like this? I don't think I'd hurt anything by losing a return line.
2) I found a company called Pipes Down Under (www.pipesdownunder.com) that makes a system for repairing these without excavating.
I sent them an email, but will they sell a kit to a homeowner? Or only repair companies? It looks pretty slick - anyone have experience with it?