I’m Getting Ready for Swimming Pool Opening, and I Think My Pool Is Leaking. Can You Help With Swimming Pool Leak Detection?
Yes! If you suspect you have a leak, many swimming pool companies offer swimming pool leak detection services. Pools are constantly losing water from evaporation and splashing, but it shouldn’t be so much that you are frequently have to refill your pool to keep it at the ideal level. Before you call for a repair that could delay swimming pool opening, do some swimming pool leak detection by trying out the bucket test to determine if you really do have a leak.
The bucket test is simple: fill a bucket about 2/3 of the way with water and mark the water level on the inside of the bucket with a permanent marker. Float the bucket in the pool and mark the water line of the pool water on the outside of the bucket. Leave the bucket floating in the pool (or right next to the pool) for a couple of days, and then compare the water levels again. If they are similar to each other, the water is probably just evaporating. If the water has gone down more on the outside of the bucket, then you have a leak.
Finding the leak is where it gets tricky, but a reputable swimming pool company should be able to pinpoint the leak and conduct repairs. Leaks are often in the lining or shell of the pool. The pool repair technician may use food coloring to see if water is being pulled out through the walls of the swimming pool. The underwater pool light is another common sight for leaks. Rest assured, these sorts of leaks can be repaired relatively easily and shouldn’t cause big delays for your swimming pool opening.
Sometimes leaks are in the plumbing, and the pool isn’t able to filter properly, which sends the water to places it shouldn’t be. If you notice any wet areas around your pool or areas where the ground seems to be eroded, then you could have a serious leak problem that should be repaired before your swimming pool opening.