Pool and Spa Leaks

Pool and Spa Leaks
The reasons behind repairing swimming pool or spa leaks with rapid loss of water are quite obvious, however even small leaks if not treated promptly can cause expensive damage to your pool structure or pool equipment.

The most common and obvious sign of pool leak is the need to top the pool up very frequently or when automatic pool filler is running constantly. However there are other signs of the pool leak which sometimes can slip your attention, but can be damaging to your pool and your pocket:

  • The pool chemicals need to be replaced more than usual.
  • There is a need to add water more often than usual.
  • The pool pump loses prime or there is air in the system (a lot of air bubbles escaping from the pool return). This indicates air leak in the suction line of the pool and should be fixed to avoid damage to the pool pump. The air leaks do not necessarily result in any water loss.

Is then my pool leaking?

The simplest way to determine if there is a leak is to do the Bucket Test:

The best time to start the test is late evening or early morning when water in the pool is completely still.

If the automatic filler is installed, make sure it is off before commencing the test and that nobody is swimming in the pool during the test. Let the pump run its normal cycle.

  1. Fill your swimming pool to normal operating level.
  2. Fill a bucket with pool water to about few centimeters from the top.
  3. Put a brick or other weight to make it stable. Put the bucket on one of steps of your pool in such a way that at least ¾ of the bucket will be submerged.
  4. Mark the water level on the inside of the bucket and the pool level on the outside of the bucket with a marker or pencil.
  5. After 24h mark the levels again.
  6. If there is a significant difference in drop of the pool and bucket levels, most likely there is a leak.

Water level changes in the bucket represent approximation of natural evaporation of the pool or combination of rain and evaporation for rainy periods. The Bucket test can be used once the leak is located and repaired to confirm that there are no more leaks in the pool.
Conducting the test over longer periods of time than 24h is not recommended as results can become unreliable due to measurement error accumulation. If not sure of the test result it is better to do it again.

If you have any problem conducting the test or not sure about the results, call Spot-On Leak Detection we will be happy to assist.

Once the presences of a leak is confirmed, the leak or leaks should be located and repaired.

This is where the Spot-On Leak Detection can help you to save a lot of money. With more than 20 years of experience we can locate leaks in the most efficient way possible using the most advanced non-invasive and non- destructive methods. The process of leak location will not cause any damage to your swimming pool.

We can offer you up-front pricing for finding a leak so you will not have any unpleasant financial surprises after the job is finished. Once the leak is located we can quote on the leak repair, so you are aware of the total cost of the job all the way through.

If you have a fiberglass or plastic lined swimming pool and it loses water rapidly, do not let the water level drop more then 1/3 of the pool depth as it can cause permanent damage to your pool. Keep filling it up to maintain that minimal level and call us immediately for advice.

We strongly recommend not to let water go down to see where the pool level stabilizes. This will not necessarily tell you where the leak is but can cause in some cases structural damage to your pool. It will also increase cost and length of time it will take to locate a leak not to mention additional cost of cleaning the pool.

To assist us to locate leaks in your pool in the shortest possible time, which will in return translate to you in saving on the cost of the job, you can prepare the pool for leak testing. To do this you will need to:

  1. Fill the pool up to the normal operating level
  2. Make sure the pool water is clean
  3. Remove any pool cover you have on the pool

If you have any problems in regards to any of these points, please call Spot-On Leak Detection to discuss the matter.

Then you can relax, we will take care of everything else from that point.