Let’s be honest, there is nothing as inviting as a sparkling pool on a hot summer’s day with temperatures easily soaring. So you’ll want your pool to stay in great condition to keep you and your family refreshed. But what if you notice your pool’s water level is dropping faster than it should, with normal evaporation. What happens when you suspect the pool has sprung a leak somewhere? We’ve collated a few tips on how to track down leaks and have them sorted out.
1. Check For Obvious Signs
If your swimming pool is particularly exposed to the wind and sun, then it is likely that you will experience greater evaporation and water loss compared to pools that are in more protected areas.
Some obvious signs include:
- Unusually wet surface areas
- Moist and possibly sinking soil
- Unusually and regularly reduced water levels
- Unexpected need for extra chemicals to maintain your pools balance
- Detached tiles or damaged cement around your pool area
- Odd gurgling sounds
- Water corrosion around tiled areas, pipes or pump
It is always prudent to inspect your pool pump, filter and other external equipment and see if any of the valves or sections are cracked and are leaking water.
2. Do The Bucket Test
This one is really simple and a quick way to determine if your water levels are falling too fast due to an unwelcome leak.
Take a bucket and place it on one of your pool’s steps, weighing it down by putting a rock or brick inside the bucket. Next, fill the bucket with water until it is at the same level as the pool’s water level.
Leave the bucket standing in the same position and check the levels after 24 hours. If the water level in the pool is markedly less than that of the bucket, you can pretty much resolve you have a pool leak.
Whilst water does naturally evaporate over time, this simple test is one way to determine if you have rapid water loss within a 24-hour period. If you are faced with a rapid loss like this, it is definitely time to call in the professionals who can use their expertise and equipment to determine where you leak is located.
3. Colour Check Test
The colour check test is one quick test you can undertake yourself to determine where you suspect a leak may be found. If the area surrounding your pool is damaged, this may be a sign that your pool may have a crack.If that is the case, turn your pool pump off and put a few drops of dye test solution in the water near the area where you suspect there may be a leak. If there is one, the dye will be drawn to the crack or hole along with the water, indicating the approximate location of the leak.
Once you’ve run these checks, or if you’re already sure that your pool is leaking water, it’s best not to waste time, or water, and get a professional in to have a look at the possible causes and to fix the problem. We are highly trained leak diagnosis specialists with years of experience in all types of leak detection, as well as general plumbing maintenance. Give us a call today on 0404 417 601, for quick, reliable service!