Pool Leak Detection and Repair

Pool Leak Causes and Solutions

Your pool will naturally lose water to evaporation and some splash out.  But if you have noticed that you’ve had to add more water to your pool every week than usual, you might have a pool leak.  A pool leak is far more serious and requires immediate pool leak detection.

A pool leak can be caused by a number of things, most of which can easily be fixed with pool leak repair. Some of the common causes include soiled pipes, cracked concrete, and defective water lines.

Signs of a Pool Leak

Aside from having to add more water more frequently, a pool leak can manifest in a number of ways. The most common signs are as follows:pool leak detection

  • Presence of air in the pool system
  • Loss of prime in the equipment
  • Visible cracks
  • Pool deck is lifting or sinking
  • Increased water bill or chemical needs

Pool Leak Detection

If you experience any of the above, then there is a good chance that you might have a leak in your pool. Here are some of the ways to confirm such a problem.

Check for the obvious signs

  • Look at the heater, pump, filter, and pipe valves. Also check the ground and the surrounding areas of the pool for moisture as well as for separations or tears in the pool’s corners, fittings, steps, and skimmers.
  • Mark pool water level
  • Mark the water level with a grease pencil or a piece of tape at the skimmer. You more likely have a pool leak if you see that more than ? of an inch was lost 24 hours later.
  • Bucket Test – Fill a bucket with pool water and place it on the pool step, ensuring that its water level inside is the same as the water level outside the bucket. After 24 hours, if there is a greater drop in the water level outside the bucket, you might have a leak in your pool.

After you’ve detected a pool leak, you will have to figure out where the leak is. The easiest way to do this is with the use of a dye test solution. You may also use a pH indicator test reagent. Shut off your pump and drop it in still water. The dye should then get sucked into the tear, gap, or crack.

Pool Leak Repair

  • The most common leak involves the separation of the concrete pool and the plastic skimmer. This problem can easily be fixed with pool putty.
  • For light leaks, you can use a hard-drying 2-part epoxy with silicone, caulk, or putty.
  • For liner leaks, you can easily patch it with a vinyl liner patch kit.
  • If the leak is underwater, use a wet patch kit.

If you were unable to perform proper pool leak detection and repair, or when the leak is too extensive, it is best that you consult your local pool service company. Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches specializes in pool leak detection and pool leak repairs.  They have the knowledge and the technologies to efficiently and quickly repair pool leaks before such a problem gets out of hand.

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West Palm Beach, FL 33403

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