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    Just Starting Out. Need Advice About Leaking Pool

    Hello,

    I bought a home that has an in ground, gunite pool (50'x20' and approx 50k gallons) with a Hayward pump and DE filters.

    I tried to fill the pool but got to a point where I couldn't get the water level to increase. So I decided to drain the pool. I drained it, pumped it dry, swept it clean, scrubbed it, etc and I made the following discoveries:

    1) The pool has a caulked seam or joint along the bottom (where the side walls meet the bottom). In some places the caulk looks like it has an epoxy on top of it. The joint is 3/8" in most places but widens out to almost 2" in others.

    2) One light leaks and I think this is why the pool wouldn't fill above a certain level ( the level of the light)

    3) There is also a crack in one wall.

    Should I:

    A) just replace the light and try to refill the pool?

    Or

    B) as long as I have the pool empty, should I go ahead and remove and replace the caulk in the joint at the bottom of the pool?

    And

    Should fix the crack as well?

    Pictures attached and any advice is much appreciated!


    20' x 50' AG gunite pool (no idea on gallons) built a long time ago. DE Filter w/Hayward Pump. Well water.

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    Re: Just Starting Out. Need Advice About Leaking Pool

    I have no answers but I'll give you a
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Just Starting Out. Need Advice About Leaking Pool

    Thank you


    20' x 50' AG gunite pool (no idea on gallons) built a long time ago. DE Filter w/Hayward Pump. Well water.

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