Swimming Pool Leaks

Pool Repair & Pool Leaks Repair Service

pool repair & maintenanceDepending on the climate in your local area, it is not unusual to be losing a 1/4″ of pool water a day due to evaporation. This means almost 2″ a week! The biggest factors affecting this are wind, air, and humidity and water temperature.  There is a good chance you have a pool leak if your loosing more then two inches of water a week.
A good way to  find out if you do have a pool leak in your swimming pool, fill a bucket with water from the pool and set it on the steps of your pool with the top of the bucket above water level. This will keep the water in the bucket the same temperature as the pool.  Compare the water loss between the bucket and your pool over a period of say a week. If you see a difference, you have a pool leak that needs repair.

Now let’s find that pool leak! Fill the pool to its normal level and mark it. Refill the pool back to the same level and with the filter system off.  If you are losing more water with the filter system running, the pool  leak is on the pressure side of your plumbing somewhere PAST the impeller of the pump. If the water loss is the same, then your pool leak is in the structure of the pool and not in the plumbing.

We will assume that there is not an obvious pool leak on the filter system. There are two ways to find this pool leak. You can pressure test the lines, then dig, following the leaking line till you find it. You may want to call a professional pool service like Blue Ribbons Pools in the Daytona Beach Florida area who specializes in pool repair and pool leaks repair.  They area affordable way to solve your pool leaks.

Now lets look at a pool leak in the structure of a concrete pool. You will need some food coloring for this, and you will want to turn off the pump at least an hour before you do this. In a concrete pool, any cracks in the shell are usually obvious. By squeezing out the food coloring near the crack, you will see the crack pull the food coloring in. That will show you where the pool is leaking.  If there are no visible cracks, you will want to squeeze out the food coloring around any of the items that pierce the shell of the pool. Be sure to check the “mouth” of the skimmer where the plastic of the skimmer meets the concrete. This area is very susceptible to movement and often separates causing a pool leak.  Most folks will just call a pool leak professional.  They really know that to do as far as pool leaks repair.  There is some pool patch material available for pool leaks but the professional will know what is best to use for your pool.

What if you have a vinyl pool with a leak? A leak can be a little harder to find and fix in a vinyl pool, but it’s not impossible. If you mess this repair up you could easily be looking at a new liner!professional at this point. You should just call a professional pool repair person because you can cause more damage then you think.  Let them do it right before you cause more damage.