A small pool leak can lead to big problems

By Brian Bell February 17, 2014


Beware the small pool leak

Beware the small pool leak

There are many aspects of pool maintenance, and early leak detection is a critical part of keeping a pool in top condition. Even small pool leaks can cause big problems, such as serious water loss. It can also be an indication of other issues in the pool, such as structural damage.

If you suspect that your pool has a leak, you can perform the bucket test. Fill a large bucket with water, place the vessel on the steps, then mark the water level of the liquid inside the bucket and the pool water outside the bucket. Return to the setup after 24 hours, and compare the levels. If the pool has lost more water in comparison to the bucket, then you have a leak.

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At this point, you can plug all the lines and run the test again. If the water loss is equal, then the leak is in one of the lines. However, if your pool continues to lose more water than the bucket, the leak may very well be caused by structural damage. From this point, you can try and find the source of the leak.

On the other hand, you can also reach out to professional pool repair services as soon as you detect a leak. It’s a serious problem that could be the cause or effect of other issues in the pool. Getting the leak fixed as quickly as possible will ensure that it doesn’t get worse over time.

Though knowing where the leak is will help pool experts in assessing the problem and doing repair work, these experts have additional equipment and are more well-versed in leak repair and will find the source more quickly.

Ask for help
Other pool leak indicators include a higher than normal utility bill, cracks in the deck, increased use of chemical levels. Closely monitoring these aspects can help you detect a leak if the physical signs aren’t as revealing. This can be especially important if you have automatic fill devices that keep the pool water at a constant level.

Pool repair difficulty levels vary according to material, scale and procedure. Leaks in concrete pools require different care than those in vinyl pools. Leaks may be virtually undetectable for people who don’t work in professional pool construction services, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your local pool company for assistance.