Help my In Ground Pool is Empty!!!

esmith_noviceDecember 4, 2010

I live in Michigan so I had my pool closed by a professional in late October. I was out today cleaning up some leaves and I noticed I could see through the winter cover that there is only about 6" of water left in the bottom of the pool!!! In the last six weeks I've lost 10-15,000 gallons of water!!!

So It's obvious that I have a leak either in the pipes or the liner at the very bottom of the pool. The remaining 6" of water is already frozen solid.

My question is - Is there anything I can do before spring? I'm scared to think how much this is gonna cost me when the snow is gone but If there is anything I should do now I'd like to take care if it now rather than later.

Thanks for any help!!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
busboy

You may not have a leak. If your plumbing is set up a certain way, you may have just siphoned out the water due to a selector valve that did not seat properly. I teated my neighbor's filter with a cleaner last summer. I left the valve in the backwash/waste position with the pump off with the intention of rinsing everything the next day. The waste line down hill acted as a siphon and several thousand gallons were pulled out overnight. I have also lost water during the season because the valve did not seat correctly after backwash. The system was filtering but also dumping water with the pump running.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 10:29AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
esmith_novice

That could have been a possibility because we do have a waste line that runs downhill during the pool season. However I checked and it was disconnected from the filter when the pool was winterized. I talked to the pool closing company today and they don't think there is anything we can do until spring. I just hope the walls don't cave in due to ground movement from freeze/thaw cycles.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2010 at 7:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
paulsimmons

There really isn�t much you can do now. You either have a leak in the main drain line (if you have one) or in the liner probably just above that level (or it balanced out there with your ground�s water table) - which you pretty much stated.

Hopefully, you will keep the six inches in your pool all winter to prevent the pool from "floating" which is when a pool wants to pop-up out of the ground because of outside ground pressure. When your water in there does thaw, you will want to monitor the water level and see to it that it doesn�t get any lower.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2010 at 6:53PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Diamod Brite pool color photos
PLEASE!!!! Need to see finished pool pictures with...
Braden Taylor
I will answer pool plaster questions
For 23 years I was in the swimming pool plaster industry...
poolplasterexpert
Atlantis pool and spa (Magnolia Tx) anyone have any feedback?
Searching for a pool builder and looks like Atlantis...
makingbeacon
HELP!! Pool color and pricing with Pebbletec
Help please and fast!! When we started our pool I told...
tonyagrieser
New Pool Build in Cypress near Houston
This is my first post. I'm so excited to get started...
suzfromtexas
Sponsored Products
WS Bath Collections Kali-Art 72 Inch Modern Acrylic Freestanding Tub - KALI-ART-
Hayneedle
Indoor Area Rug: OMG Kiss Flame 7' 10" x 11' 2" Plush
Home Depot
Kenroy Home Black Ice 40" High Wall Mirror
Lamps Plus
Show Tealight by Menu
$39.95 | Lumens
'Porch Rules' Wall Art
$19.99 | zulily
Indoor Area Rug: LOL Flame 7' 10" x 11' 2" Plush
Home Depot
Smithsonian Eastlake Fern Box
$679.00 | FRONTGATE
Safavieh Cozy Solid Silver Shag Rug (4' Round)
Overstock.com
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™