Do It Yourself: Pool Leak Detection  

by Pool Builders on 07-22-2014 in Articles

In this article, I will discuss the basics of pool leak detection, especially steps on how to eliminate or narrow down the problem.

What to look for during leak detection
Pool leak repair is very important to conserve water, heat and chemical composition of the pool, but also to avoid the decline of the pool's structural components and the erosion of dirt in the pool.
Owners should be able to examine and detect what's wrong in their pool first before they can go to pool repair experts for professional pool leak repair services.
Water loss in the pool typically is caused by these three issues:
1. leaks in the swim pool plumbing
2. leaks in the swimming pool shell
3. excessive splash out or evaporation from the swimming pool
€ Excessive Splash Out or Evaporation

To find out whether evaporation or splash out are the causes of water loss or not, conduct this quick test on your swimming pool:
€ Put a pail of water beside the pool and mark both the water in the pail and the pool's water level. Check the loss of water in both vessels after 1 day.
1. After checking, if the pool lost more water than the pail, you definitely have a pool leak.
2. If evaporation is the cause of your loss, both water levels should drop at the same rate.

€ Leaks in Plumbing or the Pool Shell

For leaks whose source in the pool components is your main concern, here are some things to take note in this situation:
1. Study around the filter pad for noticeable leaks.
2. Seek damp spots or drips. Be wary of a steady drip; its effect is a major water loss through time.
3. Does your pool leak more with the filtration system running vs. not running?
4. Begin filling holes in places such as water returns, pool skimmers, and the pool main drains, one at a time.
5. Test the leak rate by plugging up just the returns first and detect any instance of the rate slowing down.
6. Try screwing a plug into the skimmers and observe if you spot a water loss change.

As it is said, prevention is better than cure. Indeed, detection is of the problem early on after all is the best way to spend one's time and money to repair. After all, no owner would risk paying for costly repairs without examining the problem head-on first.

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