When Suspecting A Pool Leak, Use These Tips To Confirm A Leak

by | Oct 10, 2020

When Suspecting A Pool Leak, Use These Tips To Confirm A Leak

There’s 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 be as it does with normal evaporation. What happens when you suspect the pool has sprung a leak somewhere? Here are a few tips on how to track down leaks and get them sorted out.

Check For Obvious Signs

If your pool is made of vinyl, check for small tears or holes in the material. Walk around your pool and look for wet areas when nobody has been in and out or splashing around. If you find the soil is wet or sinking in a bit, chances are water is leaking in that area. Inspect your pool pump, filter and other external equipment and see if any of the valves or sections are cracked and are leaking water.

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 like that and check in after 24 hours. If the water level in the pool is markedly less than that of the bucket, you have a leak. Although water does naturally evaporate over time, it will not be so rapid that you’d notice a big change from day to day. However, if it has dropped, you’ve definitely got a leak.

Colour Check Test

If you suspect a particular part of your pool may have a crack, turn your pool pump off and put a few drops of dye test solution in the water near the area. If there is a leak, the dye will get sucked into the crack or hole along with the water, indicating the 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 specialists with years of experience in all types of plumbing as well as pool repairs and maintenance – give us a call now for quick, reliable service!