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!!

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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
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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
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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
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