Pool leaks can be difficult to diagnose. A professional technician can help you ascertain where the leak is coming from and find a solution quickly.
So, how can I tell if there’s a leak in my pool? You might suspect that you have a leak if you notice water levels diminishing more than usual. You may also notice an unexpected increase in your water bill. Since your swimming pool uses very large amounts of water, a slow leak may be difficult to locate. You need customized service that addresses your needs efficiently without breaking the bank.
Why is My Inground Pool Losing Water?
When you have a leak, water seems to disappear right in front of your eyes. One day, you have a full pool. The next day, more water is missing that can be attributed to normal evaporation. Another telltale sign is having to add water more than once a week. The age of your pool should also be considered. Old leaky fixtures or cracked concrete create obvious problems. However, sometimes the cause of the leak is not so apparent.
Most Common Pool Leaks
Pool leaks are commonly caused by cracks when fittings pull away from connective structures, broken underground pipes or worn out or damaged equipment.
Often leaks in the concrete shell of an older system may require high-tech detection methods. Pool professionals employ the use of dye testing or underwater listening devices to find these leaks. It is always better to find the exact cause of the problem rather than find quick fixes to minor problems that do not address the entire issue.
Once the crack causing the leak is found, your pool tech will expose the affected area and prep it for staples. Repair involves applying epoxy and a plaster patch. When this process is complete, the area will be crack-free and as good as new!
Older pools may require a complete overhaul, which would involve draining the pool and resurfacing all cracked areas. When the crack goes all the way through to the concrete, your technician will widen it and fill it with caulking before resealing it to be resurfaced.
Often, crack repair is not necessary because most pool leaks happen in the plumbing or pump and filter systems. These systems are usually above the ground, so they are easier to resolve. Leaking pool pipes can drastically increase your water bill, depending on how big the leak is. If you have underground plumbing and notice the area surrounding your pool is soaked with water, give us a call to remedy the situation as soon as possible.
Sometimes there are hidden reasons for pipes bursting or leaking, such as soil moving and changing ground conditions. Once the cause of the leak is found, steps can be taken to move the pipes away from unstable areas to prevent future mishaps.
Worn out fixtures that aren’t flush with connecting structures will also create a water drain off in your pool. In this case, you will notice air bubbles in the water. If you notice bubbling near the return lines into the pool, for example, it is highly likely that you have an air leak in the filtration system. Always check for leaks in the seals, union or strainer lids, as well.
When you have a pool leak, time is of the essence since water loss and further damage is always a concern. Save water, money, and time by getting the advice of a pool expert. The pool technicians at Skovish Pools and Spas will take care of your leak quickly and efficiently, so you can go back to what is important-enjoying your pool!