Does your Swimming Pool Leak?
Pool leaks can be spell big problems for pool owners and the source of the leak can be difficult to detect sometimes. Some of the more common types of pool leaks occur when pipes are damaged from poor pool construction or when the pool’s condition deteriorates. Ground movement can also cause damage to pipes.
If you have higher than normal water bills, notice the water level dropping or your pool needs greater amounts of chemicals, your pool may have a leak. Pool leaks should be addressed quickly as they can cause structural damage resulting in costly repairs due to water flowing into the ground and to underground water-tables. This can cause weakening of your pool and pool plumbing and can result in cracks in your pool shell.
Pool Leak Detection
Pool owners can perform some simple diagnostic checks to rule out the possibility of one, unless it is an obvious leak in the pool or in the pipes supplying water to the pool. A clear indication of an underground leak is if the ground around the swimming pool area feels spongy and wet.
One of the first tasks in swimming pool leak detection is testing for evaporation. Fill a container with water and place it adjacent to the pool area so it will be under the same atmospheric conditions as the swimming pool then mark the level on both with tape. Check the water level daily in the container and in your pool. If the drop in the water level is similar in the bucket as well as the pool, water loss is likely due to evaporation. Be aware that evaporation will increase when running a pool heater. But if you see a significant drop in the water level of the pool, chances are your pool has a leak. Of course, this test is not valid if it’s raining while the test is being performed.
While running your evaporation checks, you should also check the pump and filter equipment and systems. Leaks in these areas are fairly common and can account for a significant loss of water. If you notice any wet areas, continue looking to find the source if you can. If you find your pipe connections are leaking, you can decide to fix them yourself, call a plumber or a pool professional that is experienced in repairing leaks at the equipment area. If you can’t find the leak source, you should call a swimming pool leak detection expert who will have the tools and the know-how to detect leaks in the pool shell or underground pipes supplying water to the pool.
Since not all pool leaks are easy to detect, having a pool expert to help you is important. Pool owners in Jupiter, Florida, trust the professionals at Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches to provide swimming pool leak detection and repairs. Contact Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches if you have questions about pool leak detection or click here.