Tis the Season to Discover Pool Leaks in Phoenix
When the weather starts to cool down in Phoenix every year, customers often find their water bills begin to decrease due to the cooler water and less water usage to refill their pool. However, one of the first signs you have a leak in your pool is starting to notice your water bill remains high or getting higher even when the temperature is dropping.
If your water bill continues to climb, you’ll need to look into leak detection asap. Leaving the leak to continue can cause severe damage to your property even if it’s going unnoticed at the moment.
The biggest threat of water leaks in Phoenix and Scottsdale is their ability to remain unseen, costing hundreds and thousands of dollars each month in water bills.
Knowing what can cause the leak, may also help you isolate the issue. When dealing specifically with a swimming pool, here are 5 areas to consider when trying to determine if you have a pool leak:
- Mechanical Issues
- Structural Damage
- Broken Pipes
- Loose or Broken Fittings
Ways To Discover a Leak From Your Pool
The Evaporation Test
This test is used to determine your evaporation rate in a bucket and compare it with your pool levels. With a 5 Gallon bucket, place it on the second step of your pool. Fill the bucket with water to match your pool’s water level. Use a marker or duct tape to mark the level inside of the bucket. Turn off the circulation of your swimming pool. Wait a few days, then mark the new level in the bucket and pool or spa. Both the water in the bucket and the water in your pool should evaporate equally. If the pool level is significantly more, you may have a leak. If the water levels evaporate at the same rate, then it is probably not a leak.
The Dye Test
Use red food coloring, goggles, and a snorkel. Let the pool drain. If the water stops draining, the leak is somewhere along the top of the pool. If the pool drains all the way to the bottom, the leak is at the bottom of your pool. If this happens you probably will need to add water in order for this test to work correctly. Now that you know the general area of the leak, check the ground or the walls for wetness. Once you have a good idea of where the leak is in hop into the pool. Be careful not to disturb the water, and go to the area where you believe the leak might be. Using your goggles and snorkel move towards the wall or bottom of the pool and squirt the dye. If you actually found the leak the food coloring will flow towards the leak by itself.
Hiring a pool leak detection company in Phoenix
Swimming pool leaks can be very difficult to identify. There are several tools that professionals can use to pinpoint the exact location of the pool. This equipment allows us to locate leaks sometimes within just inches of the location. This makes us a great asset to Phoenix-area homeowners because we end up not tearing up as much to gain access to the leak and make the repair. This reduces the putback and doesn’t leave large scars around your pool. Leak Science is the only company in the Valley that manages the entire process- from finding your leak, extracting the concrete or flagstone, repairing the leak, and restoring your swimming pool deck- like nothing ever happened.