5 Swimming Pool Leak Detection Tips for Homeowners

Swimming pools may provide endless hours of fun and exercise for your family, especially during the hot summer months, but they can also cost a pretty penny to maintain. And over time, you may have to contend with high-cost repairs, especially if you don’t spot problems and deal with them rapidly. One of the biggest issues you might face as your pool deteriorates is the possibility of leaks. And if you fail to catch them early they can do a lot of damage and jack up your water bill by an alarming margin. So here are just a few leak detection tips for the average homeowner maintaining a swimming pool.

  1. Watch water levels. If you own and maintain a swimming pool for very long you’re bound to notice patterns in the way water evaporates from your pool. For example, a heat wave may cause water to evaporate at an accelerated rate, especially if you leave your pool uncovered during the summer months when usage is high. On the other hand, you might notice that you rarely need to bolster the water level during the winter, when the pool is kept covered. So if the water level in your pool seems to be dropping more quickly than usual and none of the normal reasons apply, it’s probably a sign that you should start looking for a leak. If you want to be sure, place a piece of tape at the water line and check back in 24 hours.
  2. Watch your water bill. If you have a system that automatically adds water to maintain levels, or your pool man attends to this task for you, then you might not notice when water levels are unnaturally low. But if your pool has a leak you will certainly notice when you get your water bill, as even a relatively minor leak could lead to thousands (or even tens of thousands) of gallons of lost water in the span of a month.
  3. Check for wetness. When your pool is leaking, the water is obviously going somewhere, so look for moisture or even standing water near exposed equipment or around the pool pad. You’ll have to wait until the area is otherwise dry, so don’t start looking when the kids have been hopping in and out of the pool or the sprinkler system has recently been on. This test won’t necessarily tell you where a leak is, but it will help you determine if there is on.
  4. Try dye. If you’re looking for a leak, one good way to spot it is to turn off the pump, let the water settle, and then drop food dye into the pool. It should gravitate towards a leak and you’ll see it getting sucked out if there is a leak in the pool structure.
  5. Hire a professional technician. If you suspect you have a leak in your pool, it’s a good idea to hire a professional service like¬†Carefree Solutions that not only offers cleaning and maintenance, but can also tackle more serious jobs like upgrades, repairs, and of course,¬†swimming pool leaks. These trained professionals have the tools (cameras, microphones, etc.) and the know-how to find a leak, even a tiny one, and patch it up or make other repairs as needed. Since most homeowners outsource pool maintenance anyway, there’s no reason to go it alone when dealing with a potentially major issue like a leak.

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