Leak expert is as baffled as I am.

mikeingeorgia

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Jul 3, 2015
42
Atlanta
1. Pump off = no water loss
2. Pump on = 1" per day loss

So it's return side right??? Then why in the world does it not lose any water if I close the skimmer basket suction lines?
 

mas985

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May 3, 2007
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Pleasanton, CA
So it's return side right??? Then why in the world does it not lose any water if I close the skimmer basket suction lines?
Does the filter pressure drop when you do this? Usually it does. Lower Pressure in the return lines could mean that the leak is pressure dependent which most are. I am assuming you don't have any water around the pad.
 

Isaac-1

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May 10, 2010
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Sounds like a leak in a return fitting that only leaks under additional pressure, chances are it will get worse over time and then will be easy to find.
 

ccp4321

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Mar 3, 2015
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Texas
Only thing that occurs to me is that there could be a leak in the skimmer plumbing that is above the pool water level. ie at the equipment pad where it comes out of the ground. When the skimmer is running this pipe will be full of water and so could leak if the flow was low. But, this would normally show up as a suction side leak with air getting dragged in.
 

mikeingeorgia

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Jul 3, 2015
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Atlanta
If that were the case, I should be able to isolate the leak by measuring water loss after closing off each return valve (I believe I have one that controls 3 returns and one that controls an individual return) Does that seem right?
 

mikeingeorgia

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Jul 3, 2015
42
Atlanta
I have thoroughly looked and see nothing. However we are on a slight slope into the trees and a leak could be masked by a lot of stuff.

I wonder if my thermal imaging camera thing for the iPhone would pick up where the water is coming up. Probably not, but I'll try.
 

mikeingeorgia

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Jul 3, 2015
42
Atlanta
Interesting result last night!!

I have always assumed that the leak is on the skimmers because it ceased when I turned them off.

However I just ran the pump for the past 24 hours with no loss having the suction only from the skimmer and return only to half of the returns.

I am testing tonight to see if the other half of the returns will also cause no water loss.

I'm not really sure what it means, but the fact that the skimmers ran without losing water gives me some new info at least.
 

PoolguyinCT

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Jul 21, 2014
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Connecticut
I am a leak geek... I do leak detection for many pool builders in Connecticut.

Besides the electronic & sonar toys - my chief tenets of leak detection is "if it water touches it - consider it"

Plugging is the first step to isolate pips from the vessel..

My first ? Is always " trouble holding a prime?"

Ray
 

mikeingeorgia

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Jul 3, 2015
42
Atlanta
That is a great point. Should have plugged the whole thing since we are just now concluding that it is a pipe issue due to water drop only when it's running.

It holds its prime just fine.

When Isaac mentioned that it may be pressure sensitive I began trying to test that theory by running it 24 hours at a time while only utilizing the skimmers. Day one resulted in the skimmers+ half the returns losing no water. Tonight I'm testing the other half of the returns.

I'll post tomorrow what the result is. Don't know what the heck it will mean either way, but I'll pass it along.
 

mikeingeorgia

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Jul 3, 2015
42
Atlanta
1/2 inch loss overnight using skimmers and the other half of the returns. This return section is 1 jet in the wall and 1 in the stairs. Any thoughts on how to identify the location?