Does anyone know any good techniques for locating a leak in a vynl pool
liner? I know there is a leak in the bottom but when I raise the material
to try an locate it the water is pushed away and the leak stops.
It's an inflatable pool, 12 foot diameter by 30 inches deep.
There is no easy way. One way is to get a mask and snorkle and just search the
whole liner for it. You didn't say how much water you were losing but if it is
an inch a day or more you should be able to see it with no trouble. If you have
it on grass maybe you can see which side the grass is wet on to narrow down the
I know roughly where it is because of the puddle that forms in the grass. I
had about 3 inches of water in it and it drained over a 2-day period. The
pool appears to have a double liner. Am I correct to assume that it's easier
to fix it from the inside?
At least we've learned that the leak is on or near the bottom. It may
be at the seam between the sides and bottom. (explaining why you can't
Try placing a dry pool on a dry surface (perhaps a few bed sheets or
drag the pool into the garage). Draw some sort of grid pattern on the
surface so that you can track the results. Splash a *SMALL* amount of
water around inside the pool and see where the wet spot develops. The
trick is to create a small wet spot. If you saturate the surface,
nothing will be learned.
I haven't worked out all the details on this suggestion, but if you are
comfortable with a small electronics project (and can manage the
if you have an idea where the leak is you might be able to put down
newspaper or something if the leak is in a circle the center is where the
you could turn the pool upside down and put water on the bottom and see if
you can spot a drip underneath
Any pool dealer will also have dye you can use with a mask and snorkel to
look for the leak!
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