Compared to most problems that show that something is wrong with your pool or a hot tub, a leak is probably one of the most difficult problem to spot because of how a pool is built.
Think about it: how could you possibly spot a leak in a pool or hot tub when it’s full of water in the first place
It may seem impossible at first but when you have the right knowledge, the task will not be so daunting.
There are various ways to detect leakage in a pool or a hot tub and understanding how to find the cause will help you save time and money.
STEP #1: Watch out for these signs
– Water-quality issues or a sudden presence of algae
– Loose tiles or cracks in the pool deck or the surrounding area
– Loose coping stones
– Check for tree roots that can lift the pool deck, plumbing, or pool walls
– Look for cracks or gaps in the bond beam
– Extra soggy soil or grass near the pool, spa, pumps or pool plumbing equipment could me serious issues
– Water levels consistently dropping overnight
STEP #2: Go deeper into the inspection with a test
Once you spotted the signs of possible leakage, then it’s time to carry out a test to confirm the actual leak. The best DIY way to implement the process of leakage confirmation is the evaporation test.
You will need a bucket and an indelible pen to do the evaporation test. Start the test by filling a bucket with pool water and placing it on the deck right beside the pool or hot tub. Mark the water level of both the pool and bucket with an indelible pen. Afterward, turn off the circulation and wait for two to three days.
Once a few days have passed, take a look at the water in the bucket and the pool and then measure the distance between the line marked on the first day and the waterline now. If a pool is fine, then both the water in the bucket and pool should evaporate equally. However, if the pool’s first-day line and current waterline distance are significantly more than that of the bucket’s, then it’s safe to assume that your pool has a leak.
STEP #3: Call the professionals once you spot a leak
Once you’ve confirmed that your pool or hot tub has a leak, then it’s time to call a pool repair professional. A pool repair professional will bring a geophone or pressure testing equipment as part of the repair.
A leakage in a swimming pool or hot tub may seem like a simple problem at first, but it is absolutely important to remember that it should not be overlooked. By following the steps mentioned above, you can save your time, money, and most importantly, your pool or hot tub.
If you don’t have much time to maintain your pool yourself, leave it to the professionals. Call Purple Heart Pools today. We offer various pool care services, so you can enjoy your free time swimming rather than constantly maintaining your pool.