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Old 11-07-2016, 03:07 PM
 
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We have a 14x34 inground unheated pool which we do not use in the winter. Due to the lower humidity, lack of rain, and windier conditions, evaporation is becoming a problem. My water bill has doubled ($150) over the past month just trying to keep the pool filled so the skimmer doesn't suck air and cavitate the pump. Covering the pool would seem to be the best solution but how is it maintained weekly? Should the pump still run 5-6 hours/day?

Appreciate any suggestions from those pool owners with simlar experiences.
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Old 11-07-2016, 05:01 PM
 
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you should always run the pool every day, a couple of hours a day should suffice
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Old 11-07-2016, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Solar cover helps a lot. Are you certain you don't have a leak. We had lost more and more water, bucket tested and found pool was leaking at the skimmer.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:03 AM
 
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Agree with froglipz - such a sudden increase indicates the likelihood of a leak. We have a similarly sized pool which loses less water this time of year due to cooler temps.
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:35 AM
 
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I just went through this. Was losing 1/2" daily. Called leak testing/repair company and they said shouldn't be more than 1"/week (I think that is what they said but at any rate 1/2" was too much). Cost $300 for leak detection test. Turns out was leaking around main channel drain. The guy fixed with an epoxy at no additional charge but a permanent fix would be $1,200.
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:34 PM
 
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You're leaking.
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Old 11-10-2016, 10:24 AM
 
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Yes, you may have a leak. Here's how to check: get a bucket and stand it on your steps so it is partially submerged, and then fill to the same level as the pool (you may have to put a rock in it to keep the bucket from floating if it's plastic). Turn the pump off and then check back in a couple of days: if the pool level is lower than the bucket level then you have a leak in the pool structure.

To find a leak, buy yourself a leak test kit like this: http://amzn.to/2fFUleP. They are super easy to use: you inject dye around fittings and anywhere you have a leak the dye gets sucked in behind the fitting as the water flows through.

If you find a leak then they can be mostly repaired using underwater epoxy putty like this: http://amzn.to/2fFR27d.

It's worth a shot - for $30 you can fix most leaks yourself. I had one in my light niche but I wasn't about to pay $100's for something I could do myself in an hour. Most common spot is the skimmer basket - especially the corners.
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