Forum Title: Serious leak over winter now water behind liner and pool is empty
Some time after closing last fall the pool sprung a leak somewhere and drained nearly all of the water. There was approx 1.5 to 2 feet of water left at the deep end (8ft deep pool). We have pumped all of that out, but there is now water behind the liner. I have a 40x20 in-ground, vinyl liner. The liner is approximately 4 years old. There is no main drain at the bottom. I have an Aqua Genie system which incorporates both the skimmer and return in one. There has to be a hole in the liner somewhere. The problem I'm having now is that water has gotten behind the liner and its floating at the deep end. How do I get the water out from behind the liner to try to refill enough to locate the leak? So far the liner is still mostly in place, but if I don't get the issue fixed very soon I'm scared I'll have even bigger problems. The pool company who looked at it today said they have a special pump that they made that allows them to run a hose down behind the liner to pump that water out but it's not something I could buy anywhere, or rent, or borrow from them. $100-150 for them to pump the water out, I'd rather save the money and use for repairs. Thanks for any help you can offer.
Category: pool Post By: ENRIQUE MCGEE (Harlingen, TX), 03/12/2019

The water behind the liner is ground water. Most likely it will just come back if you pump it out, unless you leave the pump in place as long as you are leaving the pool drained. There are various ways to deal with this, like installing a well point with a sump pump to lower the local water table, but they involve some work/money. The odds are low that the liner will survive this. Chances are you will need a new liner. If you can find the leak and fix it fairly quickly, it is probably worth giving the old liner a try, but chances are fairly high that it will tear as the pool is refilled.

- KATIE CONTRERAS (Oak Park, IL), 03/31/2019

Should I try adding water even with the water behind the liner to locate the leak? What would you advise as next steps? Thanks again.

- JAMES SMITH (League City, TX), 04/17/2019

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