Pool Leak Detection: A Quick DIY Guide
Published Sept. 24, 2022
A pool costs a lot of money and needs a lot of maintenance. Therefore, it wouldn’t be right to spend more than you have to. Sadly though, a lot of people do just that simply because they aren’t aware that their swimming pool is leaking.
In this article, we’re going to talk about everything you need to know about pool leak detection so that you won’t have to spend more money on your pool. So without further ado, let’s begin!
Identifying Pool Leaks
First of all, you’ve got to establish that your pool is leaking.
You see, simply because your pool’s water level is below normal doesn’t mean that it has a leak problem. Evaporation that is compounded by environmental factors such as wind, heat, and sun exposure can also be the culprit.
Thankfully, there are telltale signs that will inform you that your swimming pool is leaking and not simply losing water due to evaporation. Examples of these signs include:
- Your pool loses ¼ inches of water every day
- The formation of cracks in or around your pool’s deck
- Soggy grass around your pool
- Having to add water once a week
- Testing indicates there’s a leak
Testing For Pool Leaks
In the event that you suspect your pool is leaking, there are several DIY tests that you can do to confirm your suspicions. Keep in mind that while some of these tests are simple, others aren’t.
If you see visible cracks in your pool or notice a tear in your liner, then a dye test is due. You can purchase dye tests online or at hardware, home & garden, and pool stores.
To use a pool dye test, all you need to do is shut down all your pool’s equipment and then wait until its water becomes still. Following that, slowly apply a small amount of dye into the part of the pool that you think the leak is. If the dye gets sucked in, that means you’ve found the spot.
The bucket test is a great way to determine if your swimming pool is suffering from a leak or is simply losing water because of evaporation. Don’t worry as this test is incredibly easy to do. In fact, all you’ll need is a bucket, tape, and 24 hours.
First of all, you’ve got to line the top edges of your bucket with tape. After that, apply tape to the wall of your pool just above the water line. Next, put water inside the bucket and place it beside the pool and leave it alone for a day. Once you return and see that the water level in the bucket matches the loss of water level in your pool, that means evaporation is the cause of your issue.
Another way to determine that you have a leak in your swimming pool is by doing a pressure test. However, to perform such a test, you’ll need some specialized equipment.
Now there are hundreds of video tutorials that can teach you how to do a pressure test on your pool. Still, we don’t recommend doing this test if you aren’t savvy with DIY for safety’s sake.
Areas Prone To Leaking
Your swimming pool is run by several components. Some of which are more prone to leaking than others. It’s best to know what these components are so you may keep an eye on them.
In the event that your pool filter is leaking, then it’s best that you call us. Our team of experts can determine whether you need to replace, clean, or repair your filtration system.
Apart from that, we can also give you some tips on how to keep your filter running in pristine condition for as long as possible.
Different kinds of pool liners have different lifespans. The cheapest liners typically last 8 years whereas the most high-end liners can last 20 years.
Regardless of what liner you opt for, its lifespan will still be determined by several factors. A few examples of these factors include pool maintenance, environmental conditions, and pool use.
When a pool pump fails, there’s a potential for your swimming pool to suffer from costly damage and leakage. That said, if you catch things early enough, then you may still repair your pump.
Swimming pool pumps are costly. However, a quality pump worthwhile investment as it’ll last for years or even decades without needing repairs.
A pool leak is a very serious problem that must be addressed as soon as possible. That way, it’ll no longer be necessary for you to spend more on your pool than you already are.
Finding and repairing leaks is something that any DIY enthusiast can get done. However, we do not recommend doing things alone if you haven’t got any experience. Why? Because pool leak detection and pool repair can both be dangerous tasks that leave you injured when not done in the right manner.
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About The Author
Christian Cruz is an experienced blogger with a deep passion for the outdoors. He has a fascination with engineering that fuels his research for the Excel Pool & Patio Solutions blog.