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The water level in my pool dropped over a foot overnight. I refilled and within hours it dropped again. How do I find the cause/leak and repair it? Thanks

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Check for any signs of water by hoses/pump....outside of pool on ground and leaks by under the inflatable ring outside...good luck!we had a neighbor or stray cat that would jump onto ring to drink!caught it after seeing "foot prints"....had to wait and catch it...but scared her with hose and patched pool...had teeny points from claws!

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I have the 18 ft x 48" intex easy set infletable pool and it has been set up for almost 1 month. Until a couple days ago I had no problems. In the morning I noticed the water level was down more than a...


This should be easy ... a foot of water? I would suggest you are leaking out the bottom. do you have a mask and snorkel? Watch the bottom from a floating position ... you might find the hole ... there are underwater patch kits for this very purpose.

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Now let's find that leak! Fill the pool to its normal level and mark it. A piece of duct tape is ideal for this. Next with your filter system running the whole time, wait 12 to 24 hours and measure the loss of water. Then refill the pool back to the same level and with the filter system off, wait the same amount of time (also over the same part of the day, ie. 8 AM to 8 AM or 7 PM to 7 AM) and measure the water loss.
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Now lets look at a leak in the structure of a concrete pool. You will need some food coloring for this, and you will want to turn off the pump at least an hour before you do this. In a concrete pool, any cracks in the shell are usually obvious. By squeezing out the food coloring near the crack, you will see the crack pull the food coloring in. That will show you where the pool is leaking. Yes, you may have to get in the pool to do this, but isn't that why you got the pool in the first place? If there are no visible cracks, you will want to squeeze out the food coloring around any of the items that pierce the shell of the pool (main drain, returns, lights, etc.). Be sure to check the "mouth" of the skimmer where the plastic of the skimmer meets the concrete. This area is very susceptible to movement and often separates causing a leak.
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