If you think you’ve got a leak in your swimming pool, the first thing to do is not to panic. It can seem like a big deal and you may think to yourself ‘how on earth are we meant to find it?‘ let alone sort out a repair… and how much is it going to cost? However, there’s no need to panic – we’ve got you covered with some helpful tips and tricks.
The first step is to determine whether you’re dealing with a leak or other causes of water loss, such as evaporation or splashing. You can conduct a simple test to determine if evaporation is the culprit by placing a large container filled with water on the first pool step, letting it sit for a few days, and comparing the water levels in the container and the pool. If the pool’s water level has dropped significantly more than the container’s, you most likely have a leak.
Once you’ve confirmed that you’re dealing with a leak, it’s time to find it. Start by checking near the pump and filter for any wet or damp areas, and trace the water back to locate the source of the leak. If you have an aboveground pool, it may be as simple as locating the hole where the water is coming out and repairing it. However, if you have an in-ground pool, the process can be more complicated.
Inspect the pool shell and surrounding areas for any visible signs of damage or leakage. If you can’t find the source of the leak, don’t worry – it’s not always easy to locate. In such cases, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Repairing the shell of an in-ground pool can be a tricky and daunting task, and attempting to fix it yourself may cause more damage than good.
Now that you know how to locate a leak, it’s time to repair it. Depending on the severity and cause of the leak, you may be able to fix it yourself or call in a professional. If it’s a minor leak caused by a loose connection or crack, you may be able to patch it up with some sealant. However, if the leak is severe or caused by damage to the pool shell, it’s best to call in an experienced professional.
In conclusion, locating and repairing a swimming pool leak can be a challenging task, but with these tips, you’re well-equipped to handle it. Remember to conduct the evaporation test to confirm whether it’s a leak or other causes of water loss, start by checking near the pump and filter, and don’t hesitate to call in the professionals if you’re unsure or dealing with a severe leak.