Full-Service Leak Locator, Repair, and Restoration Team
Utilizing Leak Science as your pool leak detection service doesn’t just save you headaches and money in the long-run. The City of Chandler has cited that an estimated 30% of all pools in the valley leak and waste water unnecessarily. That is a significant amount of wasted water and money. What’s scary about pool leaks is that more often than not, people simply do not realize they have a leak until significant damage appears.
There are many indicators that your swimming pool and or related water features may be leaking. You may have a leak if:
- Your water bill suddenly increases
- If any of your hardscapes around the pool (non-living element of landscaping such as a brick patio or a stone wall)
- If you have cracks in the surface of your pool or spa
- If you are adding a significant amount of water to your pool daily
- Your pump is losing prime
How to determine your pool has a leak in 3 easy steps
It’s normal for your pool to lose some water to evaporation, some to splash out, and some to backwashing your filter. However, if you’re routinely needing to add more than 2-4 inches of water to your pool per week, you may have a leak. Here’s an easy way to determine if you have a leak:
You will need a 5-gallon bucket and a large black marker.
- 1) Place the empty 5-gallon bucket in the water on the second step of your pool. Fill the bucket with water to match your pools’ water level. Use the marker to mark the water level inside the bucket.
- 2) Turn off any auto-refill device you may have as well as your recirculating pump.
- 3) After 24 hours have passed, check to see if the pool water level and the water inside the bucket remain even. If the water remains even, your pool is losing water due to evaporation.
However, if the pool water is lower than the water inside your bucket, you may have a leak. Repeat these 3 steps over the next 24 hours to get a more accurate judgment as to if your pool has a leak.
Areas in Your Swimming Pool Prone To Leaks
PLUMBING: Swimming pool plumbing systems are often the source of the leak for numerous reasons including, but not limited to, the pipe material used, the original installation quality, the age of the pipes, the plumbing configuration and/or soil conditions.
SKIMMERS: For an inground pool, skimmers are the little buckets in the side of your pool. They hold baskets, which keeps debris from making their way into your filter. If you have an above ground pool, you likely have the kind that floats around in the water doing the same thing. Cracks in the skimmer or in the pipe connected to the bottom of the skimmer are very common. The most common cause of cracks in the skimmer is a material used, the age of your skimmer, and settling.
RETURNS: Leaks in the returns are also very common and may be due to a gasket, a leak in the pipe, or in the fitting itself. Returns are for your pool’s circulation.
POOL LIGHT: Leaks found in or around the pool light are most commonly either in the conduit line that the light cord is run through, or in the plaster and gunite surrounding the light.
CRACKS IN THE POOL SURFACE: Many are simply cosmetic in nature, but often they lead to a more serious problem. Cracks can develop in the concrete that lies beneath the pool’s finished surface due to settling, ground shifting, and erosion or as a result of being drained and exposed to the elements for too long a period of time. All cracks in a swimming pool surface should be checked out thoroughly by a trained professional.
What Happens if You Ignore a Pool Leak?
As water escapes your pool, it can start to accumulate in areas where it shouldn’t be. Water traveling through the ground around your pool leaves your pool to become unsupported, and structural fails begin to happen. Underground leaks that are left for an extended period of time will almost always cause problems for the pool structure. No pool is built to have an active leak and having one compromises the efficiency of the pool in the short term, combined with the longevity of the installation in the long term.
In addition to losing water, a leak in your pool may let in soil and other debris. This makes it very difficult to keep the pool clean and maintain the pH balance between acid and alkaline levels. This will then lead to the growth of algae and moss. Your filter system will never rest, raising your energy cost. The lawn or garden area around your pool may be saturated with chlorinated water that can harm plants and can even extend into a neighbor’s yard.
Leak Science specializes in pool leak detection as well as all related water features. Ryan West, the owner of Leak Science, has established a strong reputation in the valley with DiamondBack Pool Service & Repair providing swimming pool repairs in the valley since 2006, maintaining a 5-star rating with Home Advisor. Using state of the art equipment and his expansive understanding of swimming pools, Leak Science has been able to locate leaks where others have not.
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