Is Your Swimming Pool Leaking?
In the Pool Library section of PcPools.com, there is a resource article titled “How To Conserve Water In A Pool.” It briefly touches on the importance of monitoring your pool for water loss, and if detected, locating water leakage. The article does not, however, go into depth about how you can or should locate pool leaks. PcPools now has that covered.
The front page of PoolLeak.info goes into depth about the various signs that indicate a leaking swimming pool. In addition to the bucket test and Check-A-Leak detector mentioned, pool owners can also utilize another method: make a mark just above your swimming pool’s water line with a piece of waterproof tape or wax pencil, and wait two or so days. If the distance between the tape or mark and the water line has increased by more than 1/4th of an inch per day (or 1/2 of an inch if you wait two days, et cetera), then something beyond natural evaporation is likely occurring.
If you determine or suspect that your pool is leaking, the question becomes how can I find the leak? PoolLeak.info answers that question in detail, but to sum it up, you’ll want to thoroughly inspect all of your swimming pool’s equipment (e.g. pool pump, pool heater) as well as the floor and walls of your pool. If the leak is underwater—i.e. a hole in the liner or other pool surface—a colored dye can be used to identify the leak’s location.
If you identify the source of the leak and you have a vinyl swimming pool liner, a do-it-yourselfer can simply use a vinyl repair sealant. If your needs are greater than that or your swimming pool does not use a vinyl pool liner, take a look at the leak detection and leak repair products offered by Anderson Manufacturing Company, Inc.
If detecting the pool leak is not a project you have time to take on yourself, or you are having trouble identifying the source of the problem, PoolLeak.info can help pool owners locate a pool leak professional. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you choose to do something. If you don’t, you will end up with increased energy bills, water bills, and pool chemical bills. Moreover, leaking water could present a dangerous situation for your home and property.