Swimming Pool Leak Detection 101
There are a few simple things you can do to locate a leak in your swimming pool before hiring a swimming pool leak detection company.
First, you should ask yourself if there were any recent events that could have caused the leak to occur. Some common events that may result in swimming pool leaks include birthday parties, hard freezes, or bad storms. Knowing the specific event that caused the leak can make it a lot easier to make an educated guess where the leak may be.
Second, you will want to check for obvious signs of a leak such as mushy soil around the pool, water escaping the backwash plumbing line even when the valve is off, wet areas around the pool equipment, etc. Any of these things can serve as clues as to where the leak may be.
Third, you simply want to pay attention to where the water level is in relation to the pool components when the water level stops falling. For example, if the water level is right at the bottom of the pool jets then it is likely that the leak is in the underground plumbing.
Some of the most common leak points on a swimming pool are:
- Step Strips
- Multiport Valve
- Underground Plumbing
- Mechanical Seal on Pool Pump
- Light Niche Conduit
- Main Drain Sump
- Liner Tear or Seam Separation
If you are unable to locate the leak yourself you may want to hire a professional leak detection company. If you do hire a leak detection company make sure they have some kind of guarantee. For example, LazyDayPools.com refunds 75% of the leak detection fee if we are unable to locate the leak.