Does water leaking in always equal water leaking out?

Waterfan

Bronze Supporter
Apr 30, 2018
54
Chattanooga, TN
We have had a major leak in our new-ish spa (8 gallons/hour based on our auto-fill meter). When the auto fill is not on, the spa will leak about all the way down. The original PB was fired long ago and other contractors have been in to fix different aspects of what wasn't done. We had a pool company come in to test for leaks but they said the plumbing was all good and nothing pulled dye when testing it. My husband drained the spa and took off the main drain cover. There was ground water gushing in all around the drain component where it meets the plaster, and from a crack in the drain. There was also water gushing in through the screw holes for the drain cover. He is going to attempt to silicon around all this if the water will stop gushing in. We have had quite a bit of rain lately, however. I'd call a pool professional but we have obviously had no luck with anyone doing anything right. It seems like it should be obvious that this is the source of the leak - assuming water is getting in, wouldn't it be true that when the spa is full it is leaking water though these same spots?
 

eric99gt

LifeTime Supporter
Sep 14, 2009
189
Houston, TX
Definitely. Looks like you already saw my thread. I highly doubt silicone is going to be a lasting repair. As to ground water are you sure? Is the spa attached to a pool? If so are you sure the water source isn’t the pool leaking? My pool contractor were adamant that it was groundwater that was causing the problems with repairing the identified leaks. Only convinced them after draining the pool and watching everything dry up.

I’d be suspect of any penetration in either the pool or the spa. Good luck.
 

Waterfan

Bronze Supporter
Apr 30, 2018
54
Chattanooga, TN
Eric99gt I did see your thread but didn't put together the similarities in our story until I went back and read all your thread. I'll talk to my husband about this too. I can't take much more of this. We are over $40k into repairs on this new pool after firing our PB. EF really knows how to pick them don't they?
 

eric99gt

LifeTime Supporter
Sep 14, 2009
189
Houston, TX
I was almost to the point of just living with the minor leaks until I either sold the place or until I refinished again in 20 years. This time without the ecofinish. Honestly I suspect there’s quite a few pools out there with this ecofinish problem but the leaks are so minor it’s just not noticed. I was barely losing above evaporation but knew it was leaking as I had water showing up externally.