I have a crack in the steps that is about 4-5" wide. I ordered some florescent dye to try to find where it was leaking and that's the only area I can find. As soon as I put it near that crack it gets sucked in right away. The pool is vinyl, but the steps are fiberglass (I'm assuming).
From what I've read and watched I need to drain the water out below the step that is leaking and then repair it. Basically I'll need a fiberglass repair kit to do the repair. I think I read something about drilling a hole and filling it in with dirt first, to add support (pool is from 1987 I believe). I found a site called poolstepspecialist that sells stuff to repair the whole steps. I'm not sure if I want to do that, or if I should just buy a fiberglass repair kit.
Another question is, do they not sell something you can install in the water to patch it up? Even if it's temporaily, just to buy me time for when I actually do have time to do it? I'm having to add about 6" of water every 2 or 3 days at this rate. After reading up about this type of leak I'm wondering if I should just let it drain by itself over a couple of days, or would that be a big no no because of the vinyl? I never done this kind of work and kinda dumb when it comes to the pool. I'm not even sure how to drain the pool, unless I hook up a hose to the pool filter and let it drain out to the road like that.
Doing it myself would be the cheapest route, but I'm going to call around just to find out how much it'd cost to get it fixed by a 'pro.' I would prefer to do it myself, so any help would be appreciated!
Info about pool:
vinyl with fiberglass steps?
crack 4-5" wide at bottom step