As a swimming pool owner, I have many times been in the fix of having to deal with either having a contractor to clean it or to repair it. It is not surprising to see how novice I am when it comes to anything related to swimming pool. The unexpected problem that occurred with me is finding my swimming pool leaking and as someone who panics at the slightest of problems, I tried to call in a plumber to help me but alas, I couldn’t locate where the leak was originating from. That is why I decided to call in a swimming pool repairing contractor. Well, before that I did some research about how to find it the leak for novices, so to help you out here are the things I found out and which company I contacted to help me out.
Have you noticed that you seem to be adding a lot more water than normal to your pool? Has your weather not been unusually dry or hot? Do you find yourself adding water more frequently than you used to? Do you sometimes wonder if you have a leak? If these suspicions begin to cloud your mind, then you need to do the bucket test. Get a utility bucket and place it in your pool somehow (on the steps of an in-ground pool works well). Add water to the bucket until both the water level inside the bucket and the water level of the pool outside the bucket are the same. Mark off both water levels on the bucket itself and wait 24 hours. If the water level of the pool (outside the bucket) has gone down below the water level inside the bucket, then you have a leak (if both are the same, then that is simply evaporation).
There are a few signs that can help you identify a leak as well as the potential source of the leak. Some are obvious, such as if there are any visible cracks anywhere in the pool itself, or if the deck itself is changing its level relative to the pool.
Unless you know how to precisely locate and repair pool leaks, you should hire a professional pool company to find and repair that leak for you. But in the meantime, there are a couple things you can do to try to narrow down the source of the leak. First, walk around the pool deck and the area beyond the deck. Do you see any wet spots? Is the ground beyond the pool soft and mushy? Does it look like an area of grass or plants is not doing as well as the rest of your landscaping? These are suspicious signs.
Next, shut off the filter and pool pumps and do the bucket test again. Is there still an obvious leak? You can take all the results of this investigation and present it to the pool company representative when they visit.
It is important that you clean your pool before the pool leak company shows up. Having debris and other material in the pool can cause holes to be missed because it can cover up the leak. And the team who came out to check my pool for leaks repaired it using these tips:
Swimming Pool Repairs Tip #1: Check the plumbing.
If you seem to be losing water using the filter system running, the leak is likely in the plumbing. The first thing to do is examine where your backwash line comes out. You can do these one of two ways. First, you can perform a pressure test on the lines, then dig, pursuing the leaking line till you discover it. Then again, you can call in your nearby leak detection service. We would highly suggest the latter unless you prefer to dig. Specialists will utilize “geophones” to listen for the leak and only dig where necessary!
Swimming Pool Repair Tip #2: Examine the vinyl liner.
A leak could be a little more challenging to discover and repair in a vinyl pool, but it is not out of the question. We would recommend that you first examine around all the things that pierce the liner (primary drain, returns, lights, etc.). Should you find that the liner has broken free or is leaking behind a fitting, we would Strongly advise that you call in your local pool professional at this stage. If you mess this repair up, you could very easily be investigating a new liner! If you do not detect a leak close to the fittings, you will need to investigate the liner itself.
Swimming Pool Repairs Tip #3: Check the concrete structure.
You will require some food colouring for this, and you will want to turn off the pump at least an hour in advance. In a concrete swimming pool, any cracks in the shell are usually obvious. By squeezing out the food colouring near the crack, you will see the crack pull the food colouring in. That will show you where the swimming pool is leaking. Once the leak is discovered, it is simple to repair utilizing a patching material. Most of them will work under water. After patching, check again with your food colouring to make certain you plugged the leak. Please be aware that should you patch close to a fitting, you will wish to leave the pump off while it cures, so the movement of water does not wash the patch away.
If you are dealing with the same problem as I did, then get the help from the best in the field LEAK INC. in Sydney, NSW. Oh, by the way, I finally managed to learn how to detect leakage problems in swimming pool! Also, I have learnt a new way to decorate my pool which I will share in my other blog!