Detecting Pool & Fountain Leaks

June 10, 2015 at 4:00 PM

As the temperatures rise and the kids are out of school this summer, the time spent relaxing and playing in the pool increase. But with the warm weather and long summer days also means an increase in pool maintenance. In order to keep your pool in tip top shape you should regularly monitor it for any possible leaks or damage. Leaks from a pool or fountain can often go unnoticed but can cause significant damage if left untreated. Even minor leaks can cause substantial damage and increase pool expenses, such as high water bills and an increase in chemical demands. If you notice a ¼ inch decrease in pool water level a day you may have a problem. There are a few actions you can take to detect possible leaks from your swimming pool.

1. Check the Pool Deck and Structure

Check for loose tiles and cracks in the pool deck and surrounding areas near pool or fountain equipment. Check for wet areas around the pool. Soggy soil near the pool, fountain, pumps and plumbing equipment can be a telltale sign of a possible leak. Do you have large trees surrounding your pool? Check for tree roots that can push the pool and fountain structure and cause damage.

2. Perform an evaporation test.

It’s natural to lose some water due to evaporation but if you are constantly adding two or more inches of water a week to your pool you may have a leak. To determine whether you have a leak or are just experiencing slight evaporation place a bucket on the top step of your pool and fill with water. Mark the level of the water on the inside and outside of the bucket and assure that the water level is the same in the bucket as the pool water level. Check the bucket after 24 hours later and if the drop in the water is greater on the outside of the bucket you may have a possible leak. Perform this test with the pool pump on and then again with it off.

3. Perform a Dye Test

If you have determined a potential leak site, put a drop of dye near the suspected leak. Check to see if the dye is sucked into the potential crack. If it only swirls around the crack without getting sucked in than there is no leak. If it does get sucked in than there is water leaking from the pool.

4. Call a Professional

Some leaks cannot be determined by the evaporation or dye test alone and a professional must be called in. The team at Water & Pool Solutions has the state of the art tools and training necessary to pin point damage associated with pools, fountains and spas and make repairs in both home and commercial settings. Call us today for a free estimate and let us help you get back to relaxing in the sun this summer.

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