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////////////Detecting The Hole In A Leaking Pool Liner////////////

Pool liner has a hole in it....you keep adding water far too many times a week running up your water bills far to high....you call a pool guy and he recommends a "Diver" to call, when you call the diver you fall through the floor when he tells you the initial cost no matter whether he finds the leak or not.
This is what i have learned from the experts....had a pool diver come over and all he did was 'Nothing"...he charged me $400.00 took out and resealed my lights...broke my brick stones around the pool in various places due to his removal of the air tanks, talked a good line of balogna, took my check and left....left me $400.00 lighter in my wallet and no better off then I was before concerning my pool liner leak, he even told me after he came back to find it three times again that the leak was all in my mind and that the dropping of the water level was due to evaporation... this is all good fior someone who is new to a pool...but I have had this inground pool for 10 years prior to him telling me he usually always finds the leaks....he did not and tried to cover his inadequecies with a ration of bull stories...I was adding at least 2-3 hundred gallons of water everyday whether it was hot out or cold out, and this only started happening after about 10 years of owning the pool, in this case it didnot pay to have someone dive the pool because when you can see a real strong discoloration in your liner and the water level starts to drop all of a sudden every other day to at least 1/2-1.0 inches it is time to replace the liner.
If you have a newer then 8-10 year old liner by all means have it tested before you replace it, a cheap and inexpensive way to do this is to start at some point... I would first buy a $4.00 rubber plug to plug up the bottom drain....see if the water level drops...if it does problem is someplace else if it stops dropping the prblem is in the drain lines and that can be an expensive fix for an inground pool short of just leaving it plugged and never using the bottom drain feature again.
If the drain plugging doesn't fix the problem try blocking off the lines with plugs one at a time until you find the level stops dropping indicating which line is culprit, including the skimmers and please be sure you leave the filter off while doing these tests.
If none of the above finds the leaks get in the pool and being very still discharge a small puff of red food coloring under water around the light lense frames...trying to see if it gets sucked into a leaking area, also around the stair case if so equipped doing the same thing with the dye around the seams etc.
You may even find the filter is leaking at a joint causing the leak, or like i once found.... little under ground critters ate my skimmer lines... they punched pin holes into the rubber buried lines with there teeth...they were small moles, nocturnal like rodents that burrow under ground causing havoc on anything that is buried beneath the surface....I found this problem easily...the ground all of a sudden became wet and damp and eventually started to pool up with water for no apparnt reason...when I dug into the water pool I found a little gusher of water coming from the lines, these critters ate into the lines...had to cut them and couple them with a sleeve for the fix.

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How to fix a hole in a swimming pool liner


  • Get some food coloring...
    • Squeeze bottle works best
    • Or pool leak detection Dye
  • get some good goggles...
  • get in the pool, start at one specific area...
  • and take a deep breath...
  • Now follow all the seams 1st, squeeze some dye in a suspected area and watch. If the dye gets sucked in, there's a leak! If it just puddles and hangs around, keep checking somewhere else.
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Oct 15, 2014 | GLI Pool Liner 050012rdlucub52 12 Round,...

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My husband converted our 27 x 52 round above ground pool over to saltwater two weeks ago and we have yet to be able to get in it to swim. We drained all 18,700 gallons, scrubbed the liner and refilled the pool prior to the conversion. Problem is that the liner is now so wrinkled that it is holding algae and the manual vacuum sucks up the liner. Though the robotic vacuum doesn't, it isn't pulling algae off the bottom and now we have what looks like hairy green algae covering the walls, too. Can you please give me a suggestion for the man who says the only way to get rid of it is to vacuum?


Wrinkles in your pool liner wall is a slight problem and can be a place for algae to grow, BUT can be treated and cleaned.. Algae will appear if your not providing the correct amount chlorine, regardless of wrinkles or not.. Let me tell you how I take care of my 14,500 gallon 18' X 33' X 48" pool using only the 8110 Intex model and hope you can apply some of my techniques to your pool and system...
In the 2 years I've own my system, I have not added any chlorine, even for those times my system failed and water turned green.. Yes.. I could have bought SHOCK and CHLORINE and added to my pool to kill the algae, but chose to vacuum, brush and set my chlorinator to max and did it without buying any of these expensive chemicals.. It took over 3 days to finally see results after running my system at at 12 to 14 hrs pump and 10 to 12 hrs chlorination.. After my pool cleared and chlorine level was at optimal, I lowered my chlorination to around 6 to 8 hrs.. Right now that the temperature is around 95 degrees, I run the pump for 12 hrs and chlorinate for 10.. My chlorine level is slight low and today I plan to raise my chlorination to 11 hours.. My pool water right now is crystal clear and clean. I vacuum my pool daily and check the electrolytic cell weekly for optimal results..
Now...you have a huge above ground pool, almost 19,000 gallons!!! To start.. you should have added almost 500 lbs of salt!!! and ran the pump only for over 24 hrs to properly dissolve the salt..
Next, you should test the water salt concentration level and should have been between 2000 and 3000 ppm. After the proper level and because your pool is so big, run your pump at 12 hrs or longer and possible 10 to 12 hrs chlorination...
You said the manual vacuum sucks up the liner??? They sell a nifty device that hooks up at the end of the hose and attaches at the skimmer inlet that has a relief spring activated door that prevents sucking up the liner and also, you may to look for a different vacuum head???
Bottom line... NO, the only way to clean the algae is NOT with vacuum and brush only..It could be done with SHOCK and CHLORINE.. I chose not to add shock and chlorine to mine.. But you will need to vacuum the dead algae and clean you filter several times..One more thing... I hope your chlorinator is big enough for your size pool.. The max gallons the manual shows is for a 14500 gallons, like mine... Good luck and hope this info helps...

Aug 14, 2011 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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I have a 24x52 pool added 310# of salt . Have several times read high salt emptied some water, added and have good readings. Then a few days later will get a high salt reading again. i keep repeating the process. What is happening what should I do. Thanks for all helpful advice.


For starters I would bring a sample of your water to a pool store and they usually test it for free. They will then make recommendations. Be certain that everything you add to a pool is necessary based on the test results. If you are draining or partially draing the pool then sometimes chemicals recommended by the pool supply store will not be necessary. The following is what I would do to keep a pool blue:
1. Make sure salt is at the recommended concentration.
2. Only shock the pool to if the chloring level has droped below about 2 ppm.
3. Place the recomended dose of stabilizer in the pool.
4. Make sure pump and filter are working properly.
5. Check the pool chemistry on a daily basis for about a week to. I recommend test strips that at least measure chlorine, Ph and stabilizer.
6. Check the chemistry on a weekly basis and clean the pool and equipment according to the pool instructions.

Smile, you are a pool manager.

Jul 05, 2011 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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Have an Intex 12ft x 3ft metal frame pool. Set it up first and filled it and it lost more than half the water overnight. Did everything I was told to find the leak and nothing. Was on hands and knees in pool with blue dye dripping slowly here and there to see if it is sucked through pin holes since I couldn't find a tear at any seams. Sent back pieces for a replacement liner. Two weeks later we have a new liner fresh from California and are having the SAME problem. What could be going on? The hours we have wasted in this leveling the ground putting up, taking down and putting pool up again... the cost of the water to fill it up twice. This seems to be quite the bottomless money/time pit. Any suggestions?


what is not included in the instructions is the simple " lay down a bed of filter sand around 3" thick before placing liner in the pool frame and radius it up at the bottom corners
that sand is necessary because any small pebble , rock or edge will cut the thin liner under water pressure or feet walking in the bottom of the liner
further more , if you use chlorine as a cleaning , antibacterial agent that will cause pin holes in any part of the liner not completely covered by water

Mar 26, 2017 | Sport & Outdoor - Others

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My pool water turned green after I put an alkalinity and ph stabilizer in it what can i do to get it clean again?


Pure bleach, gets mine clear when it turns green. If its just clear water with a green tent then i would use bleach. I only use bleach to maintain my pool. I have a 20 round 88,00 gallon pool and i use 1 and half gallons of bleach every week to keep my pool clean and i use a bag of shock it every month or so, all the shock is used for is to drop everything to the bottom so i can vacuum it. If u have a smaller pool then i would use about 3/4 a gallon a week on a 15 round 5,000 gallon pool and about a half a gallon for a smaller pool. But it will for sure get ur water clear and if u dont want to use bleach then shock it will do it and to maintain use the shock it atleast once a week. When u use the bleach make sure u pour in over the where the water returns in your pool slowly to help it not hit the bottom. When u pour it over the clean water that is returning to your pool then it will help spread it throughout your pool and dilute it so it wont spot your liner up with lil bleach spots. So just pour it slowly over the return water comin out of the side of your pool. Also if its an algea problem then bleach will def work to prevent and kill the algea and u can u an algeacide to get rid of it if u dont want to use the bleach. The bleach is the cheapest way and fast way i have found to keep a pool clean. My pool is cyrstal clear, u can see any specs that is floating in it I hope this helps, please let me know what u think and rate solution. thanks and good luck
God bless

Jun 15, 2010 | Intex Easy Set Pool 15x36

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