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    Pool Leak

    I live in SW Florida and am losing approximately 1-1.5 inches of water daily. To the best of my ability, I have ruled out leaks from the skimmer, the returns, and the spa. No visible cracks anywhere. I have used food coloring and see no
    tendrils in any of theses areas. I have yet to remove the light cover and will do that tomorrow. But using the food coloring around the light doesnt suggest any leaks. So the question is about the next step to investigate if i have someone come out. Should i have the main drain/seal examined? Should I have someone try to detect an underground/plumbing leak? Thanks
    My pool is inground, plaster, 11750 gallons with an attached hot tub which flows into the pool. We purchased the house at the end of September 2016. The house had been vacant for 7 months. I'm not confident it had been well cared for by the previous owners. This is our first pool. pool is caged

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    Re: Pool Leak

    What kind of filter/backwash valve do you have?

    Many people have their waste line plumbed into a drain line that disappears somewhere distant or into the sewer. If the backwash valve leaks, they never see the water dribbling out.
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    Re: Pool Leak

    I have a cartridge filter


    My pool is inground, plaster, 11750 gallons with an attached hot tub which flows into the pool. We purchased the house at the end of September 2016. The house had been vacant for 7 months. I'm not confident it had been well cared for by the previous owners. This is our first pool. pool is caged

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    Re: Pool Leak

    The main drain would be the next place to check for a leak.
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    Re: Pool Leak

    Took the cover off main drain. Used the dye test no tendrils. At this point should i assume it it is underground


    My pool is inground, plaster, 11750 gallons with an attached hot tub which flows into the pool. We purchased the house at the end of September 2016. The house had been vacant for 7 months. I'm not confident it had been well cared for by the previous owners. This is our first pool. pool is caged

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    Re: Pool Leak

    If you are not having any luck, i would let the pool drain through the leak and not refill, this way if the leak is in the plaster/wall, the water level will tell you where to look.

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    Re: Pool Leak

    The tempting place to blame is the hardest to fix.....underground pipes. Keep looking elsewhere first.....it SELDOM is the piping.

    Yeah, if it continues to leak below the skimmer, let it go until it stops. That'll usually identify it.
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    Re: Pool Leak

    It stopped below the skimmer, returns and light. I used the dye around all returns, removed the light and put dye in light niche and in the skimmer and all around it. Nothing is being drawn in, in any of these openings.


    My pool is inground, plaster, 11750 gallons with an attached hot tub which flows into the pool. We purchased the house at the end of September 2016. The house had been vacant for 7 months. I'm not confident it had been well cared for by the previous owners. This is our first pool. pool is caged

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    Re: Pool Leak

    What am I missing? No air bubbles in pump. We have been very dry (no rain). If it is in the plumbing I can't even detect that through soggy ground, as it isn't soggy.


    My pool is inground, plaster, 11750 gallons with an attached hot tub which flows into the pool. We purchased the house at the end of September 2016. The house had been vacant for 7 months. I'm not confident it had been well cared for by the previous owners. This is our first pool. pool is caged

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    Re: Pool Leak

    Wouldn't the lowest object were it stopped leaking be it?
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    Re: Pool Leak

    I would think so. But if it was any of those objects why didn't the dye seep in?


    My pool is inground, plaster, 11750 gallons with an attached hot tub which flows into the pool. We purchased the house at the end of September 2016. The house had been vacant for 7 months. I'm not confident it had been well cared for by the previous owners. This is our first pool. pool is caged

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    Re: Pool Leak

    Might be time to call a pro. Leak detection companies have special tools for the job.
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