Guessing I have a small leak.

comawhite12

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Jun 14, 2010
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Hello all. Love the site!
I am a AG pool n00b, and have been reading alot for the past 3 weeks. I have put up an intex 15'x42" round, and so far so good. Pump stinks (as we all know) but I have a 2500 on its way so no worries. Accept........., I have fornd a small indention on the floor about baseball diam and 1" deep. seems to be growing ever so slowly.
I have checked around with a pair of goggles, but can not see any tears or holes. I am about to try the die cloud but my question is, how bad can this get? can I put a patch in the washout, or do I need to drain this bugger?
Thanks again for the help in advance!
 

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Welcome to the forum. :lol: I would watch it another day or so and see if it's expanding positively. I'm not a good AG guy but I would assume a leak large enough to cause a washout would be pretty easy to find.

Is there any chance it might be a void in the subsurface that is just now showing up?
 

comawhite12

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Jun 14, 2010
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South Texas
Thanks for the welcome!
Im not too sure if it is a void or not, but I do notice it is a little deeper than it started. I would also think a washout like this would easily show a twig pushing through or a small tear or hole, but I can see or feel nothing.
Another question comes to mind tho. If there is a washout, where is the dirt going? Not seeing it in the water, and no sloppy ground. hmmmmm. head scratcher.
 

Miranda

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Jan 20, 2008
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How close is it to the edge of the pool? If there is no leak, one possibility is a critter burrowed under the pool, and the depression is where the burrow came close enough to the surface to collapse. Look around for signs of moles or ants.
 

comawhite12

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Jun 14, 2010
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South Texas
The spot is about 2' is from the side. we dont have moles around here, but big red ants that lay waste to at least a 3' circle around the hole. I had some in my yard recently, but on the other side. Guess I will keep an eye on it and see where it goes.
 

Miranda

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My bet is on the ants. I would put down some bait and kill them so they can't dig any more in that area. Hopefully they didn't penetrate the pool liner.