Professional Swimming Pool Leak Repair  

by Pool Builders on 05-28-2012 in Articles

Only a handful of the U.S. states experience daily temperatures that do not vary much from season to season. These include Florida, Hawaii, California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, and South Carolina. Residents of these states rarely wear hats, gloves, or coats, since temperatures remain fairly consistent, no matter the season. They are also far more likely to own swimming pools.

For those who reside in the Midwestern or Northeastern United States, swimming pools are fairly rare. Because they can only be opened for a few months each year and they are expensive to maintain, most homeowners don't see the point of putting one in. But when you live in a warmer region of the country, backyard swimming pools are quite common. Consider the fact that there are 125 million homes in the U.S. and nearly ten percent of them have pools, according to the USA Swimming and National Swimming Pool Foundation. Most of them are located in the warmer states.

When the temperature seldom drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, there is no need to drain, cover, and then refill your pool every few months. They can stay open all year round for a nominal fee. As long as the pool is keep clean and chemicals are added on schedule, there shouldn't be a problem. Unless of course your little backyard basin develops a leak.

Why does it happen?

Swimming pools are a bit more complicated than they look. The average one has over 1,200 total feet of surface area and hundreds of feet of plumping beside and underneath it. An aperture the size of a pinprick in either can cause the pool to lose hundreds of gallons of water a day! Not to mention the fact that these holes are virtually impossible for the average pool owner to locate. Unless there is an actual visible crack and the pool is losing inches of water each day, the problem may go unnoticed for several weeks.

What is the danger?

Like any type of damage to a solid structure, leaks are degenerative. That is, they get worse and more expensive the longer they leak. The structure (or shell) of your pool should be examined ASAP if you suspect a leak. While it is true that all swimming pools lose water as the result of evaporation, if your pool is losing anywhere close to 1/4th of an inch of water, you should have it checked just to be sure.

Swimming pool leak repair

The process is generally quite simple and affordable. A pool leak repair professional typically begins with a pressure test, which is used to assess the integrity of the underground plumbing system. Water is injected into each of the lines and if the pressure plummets, it may indicate that there is a leak in that line.

If no damage is discovered, the pool leak repairman will perform a dye test. Though the tools are simple, this technique is quite effective. The repairmen will begin with a visual inspection and will then squirt dye in the vicinity of suspected leaks. If the dye is pulled out of the pool, the aperture has been located.

In most instances, leak detection takes a lot longer than pool leak repair. It may take a service professional an hour or two to identify an issue, but only a few minutes to fix it. Whether repair is required of not, the service is often quite affordable, especially for residential swimming pools.

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