Swimming Pool Leak Detection and Repair [Easy Ways]

Pool Leak Detection

Swimming pools can leak for various reasons. It is essential to find out the cause of its leakage and repair it as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can be proved dangerous or the area where it is situated.

In this article, you will read about swimming pool leak detection and repair, how leakages happen in pools and what are the methods to detect them. Moreover, you will also have an idea of what technique to use to prevent and stop the leakages.

You will also get answers to different questions that can be asked by the people who entangled pool leakage. So, let us start addressing these questions one by one.

Swimming Pool Leak Detection and Repair

Whether the leakage is inside or outside the pool, you need to detect it and repair it using satisfactory solutions. Pools are mostly detected with leakage where two supplies meet, like the tile lines or close to the drains. Due to such reasons, swimming pool maintanence should be done from time to time.

How Can You Tell Where Your Pool is Leaking?

Water leakage can cause a serious problem for your pool. But a question arises here that how you can tell that your pool is leaking. If your pool loses water can tell that there is a leak in your swimming pool. But there are some other signs as well that indicate that the pool is leaked. These are stated as follows:

  • Algae:

If the growth of algae is increasing in your pool, it can be a symptom of a pool leakage.

  • Dirt:

There may be a mysterious leakage in your pool if the dirt and air are blown into your pool. You can acid wash the pool to get rid of dirt.

  • Wetness:

If the pool’s surrounded area remains wet all the time, you can say that your pool is a leak.

  • High Expenses:

Most of the pools are linked with automatically filled devices. So, if you get high bills of water, then you may have a leakage in your pool.

  • Crack in Tiles:

If the tiles of the pools are getting cracked, then your pool may have a leakage.

  • Change in Water Level:

If the water level changes more frequently than before, it can be a clear sign of water leakage.

By the above-mentioned signs, you will be able to tell that your swimming pool has a leakage.

Pool Liner Leak Detection

If you have not found any of the above conditions for leakage in your swimming pool and have thoroughly checked the filtration and electrical system of the pool, then there may be a leak in the pool liner. But here, a question can be asked that how can you detect leakage in the pool liner.  You can detect the leakage in pool liner in two ways:

  1. Food coloring
  2. Dye testing

The food color dye permits you to observe the water flow, and if the dye is placed near the leak, it will flow out directly at the leaking place.

And once you found the location, you can fix it by you own if the hole is small. But if it is big, then you may need to hire a professional. Usually, the dye method requires a complete inspection that usually involves a professional.

How Do You Find a Water Leak Underground?

It is very important to find out the water leakage underground because it can cause a burden on you in the shape of heavy bills.  Now, this is when you need to find out whether your pool has an underground leak.

You can find the underground leakage in the following methods:

  • Inspect the Water Meter:

You should check your water meter by putting the main water valve of your home off. Your meter has a leak indicator that is in the shape of a triangle.

When the water valve is on, the indicator moves, but now when you have shut off your water valve, it should not spin if it does not cause leakage, but if it is spinning, it surely has a water leakage underground.

  • Increase in Bills:

You should notice your water bills and wet soils around your pool that can be a sign of water leakage.

  • Hire Professionals:

You should hire some professionals to detect underground pool leaks.

Why is In-ground Pool Losing Water?

As the summer season is approaching, people are found visiting swimming pools. Some of them have started vacuuming the pools. But most people are concerned about why their pools are losing water.

There can be numerous reasons for losing water. Not all of them causes leakage, but there can be some natural or intentional reasons behind water losing. These reasons are enlisted as follows:

  • Evaporation:

The evaporation is the natural reason, so no need to worry about it as your pool water must go down to its level slightly in a week or two.

  • Fun Activities:

If you are having fun in the swimming pool with your family or friends, they play by dropping water at each other. So, it can be a reason for water loss and is not alarming anyway.

But if you found the problem of losing water except for these two reasons, then it can be possible that there is a leak in your pool. The signs are discussed earlier in this article, by which you can check that whether it is a leakage or not.

Above Ground Pool Wall Problems:

If a pool is built on the above ground, then you may also face some problems with its walls. Sometimes you may find that your pool’s surface is looking rusty, but you must make sure that if the rust is only on the surface or it has affected the walls. You can have the following problems with above ground pool wall.

  • Rusty walls
  • Holes in the wall
  • Buckled wall
  • Pool liner leak
  • Cloudy pool

You should check that if the hole is above the water. If it is so, then it is not that alarming for you, but inside water, you should get a solution to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Sometimes you need to change the full wall sheet to get rid of the holes and buckling wall.

How to Find a Leak in the Above Ground Pool?

The small hole in the above ground pool can both upset and threaten the owner. If you do not want stress on your budget or the pool’s whole structure, you need to find out where your pool is leaking from?

If your pool is losing water, then it can be a natural cause like evaporation. You can find it in the following ways:

  • Check Pool Liner

Firstly, you should check the pool liner for a leak because usually the liner is leaked in the above-ground pool, and it can be easily fixed.

  • Leak in Filter

Secondly, the leak can be in the filter or skimmer. So, you should check it and fix it.

  • Bucket Test

Finally, if you want to check that water is not losing with evaporation but with leakage, then you can do a bucket test to check the leak in above ground pool.

How to Patch an Above Ground Pool Without Draining It?

As told earlier, it is very important to fix the problems in the above-ground pool. Otherwise, it can create a great mess. But the question arises here that how can you patch an above-ground pool without draining it?

You can do it through the following steps:

  1. Find out the area of the pool that has a hole.
  2. Clean it and have a patch bigger than this hole.
  3. Put cement on the patch that you have cut.
  4. Fold the patch and then take it underwater and then push it on the hole.

You need to patch both inside and outside the pool if the hole is in the pool wall. No need to drain your pool.

Wrapping Up:

Pool leak is very dangerous no matter you have an in-ground pool or an above-ground pool. Now you have known about the swimming pool leak detection and repair. You just need to detect it and fix it up to avoid high bills and loss.

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Collin

Collin is an Electronics Engineer & loves doing repair and maintenance tasks. He has a passion for learning new stuff and teaching others.

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