Pool Leak

Brianhempel

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Mar 6, 2017
63
Rotonda Florida
#1
I live in SW Florida and am losing approximately 1-1.5 inches of water daily. To the best of my ability, I have ruled out leaks from the skimmer, the returns, and the spa. No visible cracks anywhere. I have used food coloring and see no
tendrils in any of theses areas. I have yet to remove the light cover and will do that tomorrow. But using the food coloring around the light doesnt suggest any leaks. So the question is about the next step to investigate if i have someone come out. Should i have the main drain/seal examined? Should I have someone try to detect an underground/plumbing leak? Thanks
 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
20,330
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
#2
What kind of filter/backwash valve do you have?

Many people have their waste line plumbed into a drain line that disappears somewhere distant or into the sewer. If the backwash valve leaks, they never see the water dribbling out.
 

Flying Tivo

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Jan 24, 2017
578
Monterrey, NL, Mexico
#6
If you are not having any luck, i would let the pool drain through the leak and not refill, this way if the leak is in the plaster/wall, the water level will tell you where to look.

good luck
Felipe
 

duraleigh

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#7
The tempting place to blame is the hardest to fix.....underground pipes. Keep looking elsewhere first.....it SELDOM is the piping.

Yeah, if it continues to leak below the skimmer, let it go until it stops. That'll usually identify it.
 
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Brianhempel

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Mar 6, 2017
63
Rotonda Florida
#8
It stopped below the skimmer, returns and light. I used the dye around all returns, removed the light and put dye in light niche and in the skimmer and all around it. Nothing is being drawn in, in any of these openings.


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Brianhempel

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Mar 6, 2017
63
Rotonda Florida
#9
What am I missing? No air bubbles in pump. We have been very dry (no rain). If it is in the plumbing I can't even detect that through soggy ground, as it isn't soggy.


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pooldv

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Might be time to call a pro. Leak detection companies have special tools for the job.