Pools come in many different shapes and sizes and contain thousands of gallons of water. This means that if a leak occurs, it can lead to a substantial amount of damage. Whether your Scottsdale pool itself is damaged or your Phoenix or Mesa home has a leaking pipe or the plumbing lines to the pool are leaking, the repair must be addressed as soon as possible. If you’re a pool owner, you need to know about these 10 scary facts about pool leaks.
1) Pool Leaks Are Not Always Obvious
Many pool owners mistakenly believe a leak would be obvious. However, most leaks are not obvious, until they are of major concern. We are speaking of thousands of dollars of damage. To learn more about leak detection as well as easy DIY leak detection tricks, click here!
2) Mushy Grass Doesn’t Necessarily Mean That You Watered for Too Long
One of the reasons pool leaks go undetected is because it is easy to make excuses for the signs of a leak. For example, if there is a mushy spot all the way on the other side of your yard, it could be the sign of a major pool leak—and not overwatering. Another example is using evaporation as an excuse for your excessive re-filling of your pool. If your pool is losing over 2-4 inches of water in your pool per week, you may have a leak.
3) Leaks Can Lead to Sinkholes
It’s absolutely true. While sinkholes are often considered a natural disaster, a pool that is allowed to leak into the foundation underneath can lead to a dangerous and deadly sinkhole.
Leaking water eroding the soil could easily cause a sinkhole. Leaking water is actually the most common cause of sinkholes! If you suspect you may have a leak in your pool, give us a call now!
4) High Water Bill May Be a Sign of a Leak
If you have a major spike in your water bill, it may be the sign of a leaky pool. If it is not your pool that is leaking, then this is a tell-tale sign it’s elsewhere in your home.
5) The Leak Could Be Out of Sight
Don’t forget that your pool’s plumbing runs underground, meaning a leak could be occurring out of sight. Broken pipe leaks are tricky to locate which is why an expert is required to identify where the water leak is actually occurring.
6) You Can’t Maintain Your Pools pH
If you can’t maintain your pool’s pH, it may be a sign that you have a water leak. Leaks in the framework of your pool can allow soil and other debris into your pool, constantly unbalancing your pH levels and prohibit your pool from staying clean. Additionally, this can lead to bacteria and algae growing in your pool!
7) A Leak Can Cost Hundreds of Dollars Per Day
When you combine the increased energy consumption, while your pump works on overtime, with water loss, your pool leak could be costing hundreds of dollars each day.
8) Your Automatic Filler Never Stops
You may not pay much attention to your automatic filler, but it if never stops running, it is a good indicator that you have a pool leak.
9) You Should Only Lose Around 1/8 Inch Water Per Day
Humidity and weather are certainly a factor, but in standard weather, a pool should only lose about 1/8 inch of water each day to evaporation. A Bucket Test will help you to determine if you have a leak.
10) Your Leak Could Cause Damage to Your Neighbor’s Yard
Leaks don’t stop at the property line, so the water leaking from your pool may find its way to your neighbor’s yard and lead to costly repairs for which you are responsible.
The longer a leak is allowed to progress, the more time, cost, and damage. This is why a professional leak inspection is required.
Worried About A Potential Leak?
Leak Science is available to perform a leak inspection for homeowners pools, commercial pools, and spas. Aside from homeowners, pool professionals and real estate agents can also benefit from the expert care and attention of a true leak detector.
Call now to schedule an inspection at 480-258-0312 or use the form below and our team will reach out to help!