I think my vaccuum put a hole in the liner! HELP

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I think my vaccuum put a hole in the liner! HELP

Postby tawolf73 » Wed 02 May, 2007 07:39

I have an 18' x 48" Metal Frame Pool by Intex. This is our 3rd season with this pool. I installed a Hayward Sand filter this year because we had so many problems with the cartridge ones that come with the Intex pools. Yesterday I was vaccuming the pool for the second time and the vaccumm got "stuck" on the pool botom. I shut off the pump to release the suction and moved the head. No problem. I just made sure I didn't stay in any spot to long so the suction wouldn't build up. About 6 hours later my husband noticed that there was a good amount of water in the mulch on the side of the pool. I noticed the water appeared to be lower than it was earlier, it wasn't covering the skimmer basket and I had to move the basket down. I turned off the pump in case it went down further. This morning it looks like we have lost about 3-4 inches total from yesterday. I am sure there is a leak and I think it's from the vaccum somehow...but how do I find it and how do I fix it? HELP!


chrisinspring

Postby chrisinspring » Wed 02 May, 2007 15:09

Go to a pool store a get a liner repair kit. You may need to dive into the pool to find where you cut the liner. They make a special dye for this (pool store as well) or phenol red (ph test). I would the leave the fill line cracked open or a water hose running until the repair get fixed.
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another question

Postby tawolf73 » Thu 03 May, 2007 07:15

chrisinspring wrote:Go to a pool store a get a liner repair kit. You may need to dive into the pool to find where you cut the liner. They make a special dye for this (pool store as well) or phenol red (ph test). I would the leave the fill line cracked open or a water hose running until the repair get fixed.

I knew I'd have to go in at some point! I can see the tear from the surface now that the water has cleared some and is lower. It is about 1 inch tear that is on the bottom about 3 in from wall. It isn't on a seam. Will a patch done underwater hold? Does anyone know if the Intex liners require a different type of patch because they are not regular vinyl? I really don't want to have to spend another $300 on a new liner since I just spent $400 on the new pump! Also why old I countinue to add water if it is leaking out and making the water COLDER?
chrisinspring

Postby chrisinspring » Thu 03 May, 2007 16:31

Yes, a patch will work. You do not want to drain the pool too low or you will have to deal with wrinkles, so keep it filled until you make the repair.
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I think my vaccuum put a hole in the liner! HELP

Postby Guest » Mon 15 Jun, 2009 22:02

the pool store told my husband that a patch kit that can be used underwater CANNOT be used on Intex pools. The glue heats up and gets too hot for the vinyl and will turn a pinhole size hole into one big enough to fit your fist through in a matter of minutes. I would not recommend trying one of these kits.

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