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    Leak deep underground, your basic pool nightmare

    Barry, That's a good point, for other people with leaks. But I think not important for me. I suppose it is possible for the gunnite layer to be compromised by a leak but I have cobble and sand ancient river bed under my property. It drains well and is stable. Last year, when I put a camera...
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    Leak deep underground, your basic pool nightmare

    Well, the leak stablized. I still can't be sure it isn't the HRV as I did shock and brush the other day and could have reseated the HRV if that was the problem. At this point, I think the lower shell and the main drain and its lateral are innocent. HRV can be dynamic so it might have...
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    Temporary piping for leaking pool

    Thanks guys. I forgot my skimmer bucket has a threaded port. I trying a threaded piece of capped pvc in the skimmer. As soon as my new pump unions get here (whacked some plumbing to try to camera the suction line so I might as well improve the pump setup), I'll set it up and try it out.
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    Temporary piping for leaking pool

    Skimmer drops 10' into the ground to tee into the main drain. (those *******). That 1.5" suction pipe (****) goes directly to the pump (Drain+Skimmer)->Pump->MPV->Filter->Heater takeoff->[3 returns] + [waterfall] + [slide] Returns do have shut-off valves that I added, grouped per the brackets.
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    Temporary piping for leaking pool

    Yeah, I've slammed it twice already. I was losing 4" a day so that went pretty quick but I'm more in the 1" per day amount now (whereas calculated evap is ~1/3"). At this rate, if it runs to empty, I'll need a month. I guess I'm expecting to stop leaking in 7-10 days for no particular reason...
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    Need a 3 day temporary fix please

    What did you do? Cutting and gluing pvc is really easy and I'd suggest adding it to your DIY toolkit. Just fix it yourself! To work on pvc, you don't need many tools: - two part pvc glue (purple primer and clear glue) - a cutting tool for 2" pipe (note: the tools needs to cut to 2-5/8" or so)...
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    Temporary piping for leaking pool

    All right, guys. Yet again, my pool has sprung a leak. I'm busy seeing where it settles (level wise) and then will begin what might be a challenging repair. I have another thread for the leak. This thread is about how I might be able to use my filter and pump while my skimmer and my return...
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    Muriatic Acid dumped near tree

    I'm curious how this turned out OP. Any chance of an update?
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    Leak deep underground, your basic pool nightmare

    Bperry, Thanks for discussing this problem with me. I'm definitely pulling my hair out a bit. I can't run my equipment once the skimmer is dry so I haven't run the equipment in at least 10 days. The water went way below the skimmer fast and hard, much like my hrv failure last year caused...
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    Leak deep underground, your basic pool nightmare

    Interesting opinion by the leak guy. But not too relevant to my case as the the water level is way below the skimmer (3.5' or so) and the skimmer pipe drops straight down 10' so I can use a cheap amazon endoscopic camera to look for a big break. My little camera isn't good enough to really...
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    Leak deep underground, your basic pool nightmare

    https://www.americanleakdetection.com/diy-leak-tests/swimming-pool-water-loss-calculator/ Using this calculator which doesn't include climate (mine is dry and reasonably hot) suggest 300g per day to evaporation normally and perhaps 150g given the reduced surface area at this point. Very...
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    Leak deep underground, your basic pool nightmare

    I agree, I'm definitely a little hrmm about the continued drop but it was losing water closer to 4" a day at first. It's a little strange to me that it slowed steeply and suddenly (ie no reason to believe the leak is greater above). Last year when the HRV failed it ran hard ~4" a day until...
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    Leak deep underground, your basic pool nightmare

    Hi Rich, Thanks for the replies. I think maybe I've stabilized at the leak level. The loss of water has slowed to maybe 1" a day now. Is that just evaporation? I don't know but it ran fast to about 4.7' of water below coping and has slowed. After several days, I'm at 5.1' below coping...
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    Leak deep underground, your basic pool nightmare

    My valve is a couple feet away from the main drain. Think 1970s. I might be able to get the newer brass valve off without an impact wrench but to replace the old one I had to use an impact wrench with a 1000 lbs of breakway force (it barely got it done) and a 2" impact socket. Can't do that...
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    Leak deep underground, your basic pool nightmare

    Hey guys, Thanks for the quick replies. 1. The hydrostatic relief valve is a separate item from the main drain (I know what you mean: it's not a combo item). 2. The pool level has not been lower than groundwater table. 3. I agree with your theory that the hydrostatic relief valve is stuck...