Is Your Pool Leaking? Here's How To Narrow Down The Cause

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One of the most common swimming pool repairs you'll face is a water leak. A leak can be caused by several different things. Some are easy and inexpensive to fix, while others may be big undertakings. The first step is to figure out where the leak is located. You may need to call a pool contractor to find the leak, but here are a few things you can try first.

Examine Plumbing

The plumbing attached to your pool can develop problems that cause your pool to leak when the pump is on or off. Examine the pipes and external parts of your pool equipment for signs of drips and water puddles. Also, listen for sounds of air being sucked into the lines. If one of the pipe fittings is leaking, you may be able to seal it yourself with a product you buy from a pool supply store. If you can't find the leak in the plumbing system, you can call a contractor to perform a pressure test. This will locate the source of the problem, or it will rule out the pipes and plumbing, so you can search for the leak elsewhere.

Try The Bucket Test

If you have a slow leak inside your pool, it may be difficult to notice. Your pool loses water every day due to evaporation. Plus, if you swim and play in the pool, water is lost due to splashing. One way you can tell if your pool is losing more water than would normally be lost through evaporation is to do the bucket test. Fill a bucket with water and mark the water line with a grease pencil. Set the bucket by the pool or in the pool on the steps. Also mark the water line on the side of your pool. Wait a day, then mark the two water lines again. If water drops more in the pool that it does in the bucket, you should suspect a leak that needs further investigation.

Use A Dye Kit

You can buy a dye test kit to find the leak in your pool. This is a syringe filled with dye that you slowly inject into various places in the water. Start with underwater lights and the area around the skimmer, since these are prone to leaking. Be sure to turn the pump off first so the water is very still. Then inject a little dye and watch where it goes. If you release the dye near a leak, it will slowly creep to the leak, and you will find the source of your problem. If your pool is leaking from a tiny crack on the floor or low on the side of the pool, a dye kit may not be much help.

If you try these tricks and still can't find out why or where your pool is losing water, then it's time to call a contractor from a place like Bellar Pools Inc. He or she can use sensitive equipment to detect a water leak, even it is on the bottom of your pool. Don't put off finding the leak and having it repaired. The leak may get worse if you ignore it. While it's leaking, you're wasting water and driving up the cost of your water bill.

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26 December 2014

Home Repair Tips for the Novice

When I bought my first home, I was terribly inexperienced when it came to maintaining it. It seemed as if something was always broken. After spending a weekend battling with my oven, I decided that I enough was enough. I started reading everything I could about things related to the home. By the end of my research, I still could not fix my plumbing, but I could look knowledgeable as the plumber explained what was wrong. In an effort to help others avoid the tedious task of reading book after book about plumbing and appliance repairs, I started this blog. Hopefully, this information will save someone from a weekend spent wrestling with their own appliances.