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  1. I have a 24 ft Michigan Pool. It was newly installed last summer. It is an above ground pool set in the ground with a drain (2). We had zero problem last year but after opening this weekend we noticed the pool level was down almost a foot lower. My husband usually drains the pool to 6 inches below the skimmer for the winter. So we were shocked and as the day wore on it got lower. It is only at 6 or 8 inches but does not appear to be leaking. We can’t figure it out and have talked to several pool people and they cant figure it out either but do you have a clue. I told my husband maybe he knocked a valve previously and he insists he didn’t. Why didn’t it totally drain out prior to cover removal. We are stumped.

    1. Hello Diane,
      Here is an answer from Dan:

      “I couldn’t say but have seen stranger things. I have seen concrete pools only leak during certain times a year and I have always thought it was from the ground’s water table. If you have a leak at the main drain and the water table is high enough, then water will not exit from the leak as the water pressure from the earth(underneath the pool) will not allow it. Then when the earth’s water table drops(like during the dry season), the pool can then leak water out of its hole.

      The above may be the case with your pool but it was more than likely from a forgotten human action.

      Thanks
      Dan”

  2. Hello, we’ve had a 33’×18’×52″ above ground pool installed this summer. My issue is loss of water! The water has had to be replaced once because of a issue with the water level. It appears to stop after it reaches below the skimmer. So I put knew o-rings in the filter, this seems to solve the problem. In which it didn’t! So we’re back to square one!!! Question ” what should I do too fix this issue before the end of the swim season ends?? Any ideas would be appreciated thank you.

    1. “This seems to solve the problem, In which it didn’t.” What do you mean by this? Did it solve the problem(temporarily)or not? I say to find my article here on how to find a leak in an above ground pool and pay closest attention to the checking the equipment and skimmer part.

  3. I live in RI and I closed my above ground pool about two months ago. It’s obvious that I have a leak, most likely towards the bottom. Should I do anything at this point? Will I have a problem over the winter if most or all of the water leaks out?

    Thanks.

  4. I have a 30’ round metal wall above ground. It’s losing 1 inch of water per day and is now about half full. I found a place on the outside of the pool near a pole where the ground is consistently wet and I can see a small amount of water coming out. However, I cannot find a leak in the vinyl liner near this location inside the pool. Any ideas on how to detect the leak?

    1. Other than following the process I explain in this article, I don’t have much to add. If you can’t find the leak, you’ll wind up buying and installing a new liner. It may be worth it for you to re-read the article and try again. I feel like the leak is close but you didn’t look good enough.

  5. Ok new pool owner we just recently installed a 21’x52” AG pool and I think I may have accidentally caused the loss of water myself I backwashed the filter and the turned it to the clean setting. After doing to I forgot to switch it back to filter. Would this cause the water level to drain as much as it did?

  6. We have payed a year in the liner and 1 hole but we continue to see leakage it seems to stop or slow once we get below the skimmer but we see no water on the filter or the outside of the skimmer when running. Could the leak be on the walls above the skimmer if so is there a way to detect now that the water is below the skimmer?

  7. We have found a tear in the liner and 1 hole but we continue to see leakage it seems to stop or slow once we get below the skimmer but we see no water on the filter or the outside of the skimmer when running. Could the leak be on the walls above the skimmer if so is there a way to detect now that the water is below the skimmer?

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