Swimming Pool Leak Detection And Causes

11 April 2016
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If you have a swimming pool, you know by now that it takes a lot to maintain it in order for it to be ready and safe to use. You most likely properly treat it weekly, but you should also stay aware of the possibility of pool leaks. Your pool can start to leak, dropping the water levels causing you to have to refill it more often. There are a few things that you can take notice of in order to be able to recognize a pool leak and ways to check where the pool is leaking.

Signs Your Pool Is Leaking

One of the biggest signs of a pool leak is water loss. Regardless of where you are located, your pool will have varying levels of water day to day due to evaporation and usage.

However, if you notice that you have extreme amounts of water loss, that points to a pool leak. If you find that you are adding water to the pool more than once a week, it is a sign that your pool is leaking.

Other signs of a pool leak include: wet spots that surround the pool, cracks in your pool lining or cement, uneven pool decking that is either lifting above or dipping below where it should be, and excess air in your pool system.

Determining Where The Leak Is Coming From

Once you think you have a pool leak, you will need to determine where it is coming from in order to get the leak repaired properly. Many different things can be causing a pool leak.

Check to see if the pool is leaking when your pool equipment is turned on, but not otherwise. If this is the case, there might be a leak in your plumbing when it is under pressure known as a pressure side return leak. If your pool is leaking with the equipment off, it is most likely a problem with the suction of the filter pump.

If your pool is leaking when the equipment is both on and off, then most likely the leak is due to problems with your pool's shell and not the equipment. Look for separation between the lining and the concrete, cracks or breaks in the concrete or vinyl, or small tears.

If you do notice that your swimming pool has a leak, then you need to contact someone that deals with swimming pool repairs. They will be able to identify the source of the leak and quickly repair it so you don't have to worry about losing a large amount of your pool's water.