Pool Leak Detection & Repair

Do you think your pool is leaking? As swimming pools age leaks do become a common problem. There are ways that you can determine whether your swimming pool is leaking but it is always best to call an expert. If you would like to have a professional come out and inspect your swimming pool for leaks call us to schedule an appointment at 615-568-3826.

How to detect a swimming pool leak.

It’s hard to keep water in a pool. Every swimming pool, spa, or landscape pond is probably going to start leaking at some point in its useful life. These pesky problems can be more than just an inconvenience. An un-repaired hole the size of a pencil tip can result in hundreds of gallons of water lost per day. In addition to the replacement cost of the water, a swimming pool leak will increase chemical demands, and may lead to more serious structural and mechanical problems. Fortunately, effective leak location and leak repair solutions are available.

Pool leak symptoms resulting from water loss

 By far the most common indication of a leak is that the water level is dropping faster than what is normally attributable to evaporation or splash-out. Often leaks are big enough that excess water loss is obvious. If you wake-up to find that your pool has dropped several inches overnight you know you’ve got a problem. The bigger challenges are the smaller, yet just as serious, leaks that may develop slowly. In these cases it is important to determine what is “normal water loss” and thus avoid wasting time looking for and worrying about a leak that really isn’t there.

If you have an automatic fill device on your pool a dropping water level may not be evident; high water bills may be the first indication of a leak problem. You may also notice an increase in the chemicals required to maintain proper balance, or that there is excess algae growth because the new water that’s being put into the pool is untreated.

Other pool leak symptoms may be actual evidence of the water that has escaped from your pool. Wet, mushy, or unusually “healthy” spots in the lawn may be evidence of underground plumbing leaks. Structural damage, cracks, and settling to the deck or pool may also be indications of underground leaks. If left un-repaired, these problems can quickly become more serious.

Air in the pump or blown into the pool

A pool leak in the suction side plumbing (from skimmers and main drains to equipment), may pull air into the plumbing lines that will show up in the pump or be blown back into the pool through the returns. Air leaks such as this can be just as damaging to your pool even though you may never notice symptoms of water loss. Evidence of air in the system can also be caused by a blockage or obstruction in the suction lines. Either situation will require professional attention to avoid causing mechanical damage to your pool equipment.

Finding and fixing your leak is the next step

Once you know you have a pool leak it’s time for action. The longer a leaking pipe, liner or pool shell is left un-repaired the more costly the eventual fix will be. You have options, some pool leaks can be easy to find and fix yourself. In most cases however a qualified, and experienced pool leak professional using sophisticated electronic equipment will be able to provide more efficient and effective pool leak location and pool leak repair solutions that get you back into the water quickly.

Your pool will naturally lose some water to evaporation, some to splash-out and some to backwash wastewater. You may also gain water from rainfall. Here are some tips to help you determine if your pool is leaking.

Is the pool leaking only with the equipment on?

This may indicate a pressure-side return leak. 

Is the pool leaking only with the equipment off?

This usually indicates a suction-side leak. 

Does the pool leak all the time?
Are there leaks at the equipment pad?

Turn the pump on and off looking closely for spraying water when the pump is turned off. 

Does the water seem to stabilize at any particular level?
Are there any wet areas around the pool?

Is your pool equipped with a vinyl liner?

Spending time under water with a mask may be required to find a small pool liner leak.  When pool liners become old  they may have many pinhole leaks. There can always be more than one leak.

Unsure of your evaporation rate?

Place a bucket of water beside the pool and mark both the water in the bucket and the pool water level.  Wait 24 hours then check the loss of both. If the pool loses more water than the bucket,  then you have a leak.

Do you think your pool is leaking? As swimming pools age leaks do become a common problem. There are ways that you can determine whether your swimming pool is leaking but it is always best to call an expert. If you would like to have a professional come out and inspect your swimming pool for leaks call us to schedule an appointment at 615-568-3826.

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