Intermittent Swimming Pool Leak

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by John Keiser, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. John Keiser

    John Keiser Guest

    Odd leak story.

    For the past several year or so the water level in my in-ground gunite pool
    will occassionally drop 3 inchs over night.

    Sometimes this continues for a while.

    Not worse during the day so I don't think this is related to the discharge
    side.

    I've let the water level drop to see where it stops.

    The water continues to drop below the skimmer so I don't think the problem
    is in the suction line.

    I've packed the lamp fitting with epoxy and used dye at all the jets
    looking for a leak, etc.

    I thought about using an ultrasonic dectector but the leak seems to stop by
    itself after a few days, making it hard to continue testing.

    Any hint as to where my leak might be or how better to find it?

    TIA.





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    John Keiser, Sep 1, 2003
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  2. John Keiser

    Bruce Guest

    In alt.home.repair
    "John Keiser" <> wrote:

    >Odd leak story.
    >
    >For the past several year or so the water level in my in-ground gunite pool
    >will occassionally drop 3 inchs over night.
    >
    >Sometimes this continues for a while.
    >
    >Not worse during the day so I don't think this is related to the discharge
    >side.
    >
    >I've let the water level drop to see where it stops.
    >
    >The water continues to drop below the skimmer so I don't think the problem
    >is in the suction line.
    >
    >I've packed the lamp fitting with epoxy and used dye at all the jets
    >looking for a leak, etc.
    >
    >I thought about using an ultrasonic dectector but the leak seems to stop by
    >itself after a few days, making it hard to continue testing.
    >
    >Any hint as to where my leak might be or how better to find it?


    My guess, it is related to the water table level. Does it start leaking
    after long dry spells? No visible cracks?

    Get a mask on and check out your drain for the plug in the bottom. I
    forgot the name of it but it is to equalize pressure below the pool before
    you drain it to keep it from popping out of the ground. Is it loose or
    missing? Is the bottom cracked? Take your food color down there and
    gently put a drop in and see if there is flow if you can hold your breath
    long enough.
    Bruce, Sep 2, 2003
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