My Pool Liner Is Leaking

crokett

Well-known member
Jul 17, 2007
594
Hillsborough, NC
AGP. 27' round. Liner is 5 years old. This summer I thought it might be leaking. It passed the bucket test. Sometime between then and when I put the cover on, it developed a leak. Or I screwed up the bucket test, which is quite possible. We had an unusually wet late summer/fall with a lot of rain so that could have masked a slow leak. The return is plugged, the skimmer is also plugged. It is losing water and the area around the pool on the low side of the yard is constantly wet. I've been adding water to it. The water is much too cold for me to try to find the leak - it is getting below freezing here. at 5 years old, is that liner worth trying to patch? If so, what happens if I wait until spring and all the water drains out? I'm kind of looking for an excuse to remove the liner and put down foam board, which I should have done when I installed the pool. If it's not worth saving, it makes things easier, since I will take the cover off, let all the water leak out and deal with it in the spring.
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
20,358
Northern NJ
I don't know exactly what the construction of your pool is. But if you let your pool sit empty you take the risk that you will lose the pool walls to the winter weather. The water is what hold the pool walls up.

If you empty the pool then you should brace the walls with plywood and 2x4's.
 

crokett

Well-known member
Jul 17, 2007
594
Hillsborough, NC
I have a plan for preventing the wall from collapsing. It can't fall outward since the ends of the wall are bolted together, and the top rails are all bolted. At least not unless the opposite side falls inward. I can prevent it from falling inward. However CrystalRiver's post made me realize I'm assuming the leak is in the bottom of the pool, which is a faulty assumption. That's the most likely spot for a leak but it is still a faulty assumption. I will not fill it for several days and will see how low the water gets.