Amazing forum... I have another suction side leak question I am hoping somebody here can give me some help with.
I have a 16' x 32' inground pool. 2 skimmers / returns. Main drain that hasn't worked in 10 years
I know for sure I have a suction side leak. Tons of air in the return. Air in the gasket. Pool level drops if I leave the filter off. I actually run the filter 24 x 7 to keep it from losing water.
I have had 3 different pool guys come by and I have gotten nowhere. I have a fairly new paver job around the pool that I would hate to tear up, but I will do what I have to.
The pool guys all pressure checked the lines. 1 said there was a leak, other said there wasn't. At the time the skimmers were exposed so they supposedly checked the skimmers. There was no leak directly at the skimmer, which leads me to believe it would be in the line somewhere. (If their tests were accurate which I highly doubt)...
My question is, I want to simply know which skimmer is leaking. The plumbing meets underground and comes up together into the pump. I dont have any valves at the pump to turn off. But, is it possible to just plug a skimmer and see if it stops the leak? Cause I tried this. But I do not know if it means anything or not. I plugged one skimmer. Still tons of air. I plugged the other skimmer. Still tons of air.
Should plugging the skimmers one at a time tell me anything? Would this mean there isnt really a leak at those lines?
Or perhaps could it be the main drain? If so, would swimming down there and plugging the main drain help?
I already spent well over a $1,000 on these 3 different companies and I have gotten nowhere. I am adding a spill over spa in the next month and want to have this all resolved before this, because it effects my heater which is another issue. After running for a while the heater starts turning on and off automatically every minute or so. I am pretty sure this is due to the air in the system...
Anyway, any help would be HUGELY appreciated! Thanks a million and sorry for the long winded post.