My husband and I have just got a new place with a pool and I am having a few problems. I have read and read but just wanted to ask a few things....
1. Our pool return jets are above the surface of the pool. If I wanted them to be under, the level of the water would be way above half way up the skimmer baskets. What is the best way to configure them as result of this? Should I angle them down in to the pool, or horizontally out to create a flow to the skimmer (we have a rectangular pool)? btw, we are renting this house so wont be doing any major works on remodelling the pool - we are stuck with what we have got.
2. I am sure the pool is leaking somewhere. Last night I filled it and it lost just under an inch of water overnight. I am having to top it up twice a week, making a total of about 6 inches a week at least. I am living in Madrid though, and temperatures are around 35-40 degrees most days. It is a very dry climate too. Is it possible this is just evaporation???? Our water bills will be huge!!!! I am going to do a bucket test tomorrow but its hard with my 5 month old daughter to look after all day
3. If the pool is actually leaking and I try to discover where it might be (pressure side etc), how do I see whether the filter is leaking water into the waste pipe? (i.e the multiport gasket might be dodgy). It is all closed up and I can't see any water flowing anywhere. I think the waste goes straight into the municipal drainage system. Is this wrong? Am I missing a really obvious thing that would allow to check to see if this is a problem?? (I think we may be losing most water when the pump is running, just from my eyeballing the levels).
4. One more - when I was testing my water, the TA kept coming out really low. I looked all over for something to raise this in the pool shop (its all in Spanish but I just about get by!) but couldn't find anything. Then I got my husband to ask the shop owners and they said that noone bothers to raise it here. Is this correct? I can't find any TA raisers on sale anywhere. The pool guy indicated that we would be forever trying to the raise the TA and therefore not to bother. I thought it was important but it seems that in Europe, people don't worry about it. What would you recommend?
I am sorry if these questions have come up before, I keep searching and will continue to do so. I hope it all makes sense.