Swimming pool leaks can be frustrating and difficult to locate, but the following step-by-step guide will help you save time and money on professional troubleshooting while identifying the problem for repairs:
- Water Levels: step one is to check the water level of your pool. If the water level is consistently dropping, there’s a good chance that you have a leak!
- Pool Equipment: check the pool equipment, including the pump, filter, and heater, for any signs of leaks. Look for wet areas around the equipment for signs of rust or corrosion.
- Pool Shell: inspect the pool shell for any visible cracks or damage. You can do this by carefully examining the walls and floor of the pool, as well as the tile and grout lines.
- Bucket Test: fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and set the bucket in your pool (on the steps or a bench). Ensure that the water level in the bucket is equal to where the pool water is hitting the bucket on the outside. Leave the bucket in your pool for 24 hours. Check water levels again – if the pool water level is noticeably lower than the bucket water level, you most likely have a leak somewhere in your pool! (If the pool water level AND the bucket water levels are lower, but equal, you’re simply losing water to evaporation.)
- Pool Plumbing: inspect the pool plumbing for any visible signs of damage. Look for wet areas around the pipes or connections.
- Dye Test: with the pool pump off, add a few drops of food coloring to the water around suspected leak areas, such as return jets, skimmers, or lights. If the dye is pulled into the leak, it can help you locate the source of the problem.
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Once the leak is confirmed and the source has been located, give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss repair options. This enables us to be better prepared to bring the best solution to your problem without the frustration and expense of guesswork!