Swimming pool leak detection
Water leaks in-ground pools are often hard to detect with the naked eye. This is why it is recommended to call in an expert that is equipped with specialized tools to find the leak and deal with it hastily.
How to Detect a Water Leak
The exact source of the leak must first be determined before going on with the repair. The following are some of the potential cause;
- Leaking filter
- Leak in the pipes
- Leaking pool broom connector
- Leaking pool lights
- Leakage due to rupture of the liner
- Leakage due to a crack in the concrete
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Depending on the area and climate in which you live, it may not be uncommon for your pool’s water level to vary by day. Environmental factors such as humidity and the wind can have an effect on your pool.
These factors include environmental aspects such as humidity and the wind. They can cause up to a loss of ¼ inch of water a day or about 2 inches per week.
Signs you have a pool leak:
- Pool loses more water than regular evaporation (about 1/4 inch)
- Pool has air in the system
- Equipment loses prime
- You see cracks
- Pool deck is sinking or lifting
- There are soggy spots around the pool
- You add water more than once a week
Preparing your pool for a professional leak detection
It is recommended that your pool should be vacuumed spotless before your detection. Leaks that are large as 1” in diameter could be missed until the dirt that is covering the leak is brushed away or vacuumed.
Make sure that the water is clean and not green. In case it is green, it is highly likely to contain molds, fungus, larvae or other contaminants that could make the users sick, besides making it impossible to test.
Have the following information ready when you call to schedule your professional pool leak detection:
- Is it a pool only or does it include a spa?
- Is the pool equipment above or below ground?
- How many pumps are there?
- Is the pool constructed of fiberglass, gunite, marcasite or vinyl?
- How many skimmers are there?
- Does it leak more with the filter on or with it off?
- Are there any fittings in the floor of the pool other than the main drain?
- How much water does it lose in a 24-hour period?
The Service crew will inspect and perform some tests ranging from electronic liner leak detection, pressure tests, and dye test. The team will also use some location devices that include line inspection camera or leak detection with sound magnification.
All the test results are recorded and reported back to the office for review. If a solution was attempted on the first visit, it is asked that the pool is monitored and results reported back within 2-3 days.
If the pool requires further testing and or retesting, this will be scheduled and billed for only time and labor, equipment fees are only charged for the initial call and will not be billed on additional investigations. Once all results are reviewed, the office will call and schedule any further repairs, if required.
Please have the yard open, and all related pool equipment be ready and accessible. Before our arrival, please ensure the garden hose is made available, and the water is turned on from inside the house.
All breakers or power leading to the pump house or equipment area are on. Please secure all pets inside.
For best results, we require the pool level be filled to operating level or higher, and the water of the pool must be in a clear condition with little or no debris on the bottom.