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Leaking Pool

Leaking Pool

Common signs of a leaking pool

It goes without saying that if the water level in your swimming pool continues to drop, this should be your first indication that there is a leak.

Remember that in windy seasons, evaporation may also be the cause of a reduction in water level due to wind speeds and air temperature. Cracks or gaps in your swimming pool could suggest a water leak.

Due to the obvious soft ground around and beneath the swimming pool, the pool may shift over time, causing cracks and gaps. Erosion caused by subsurface water movement can cause landscaping to shift and sink. Standing water or rust at the pump or around pipes is a dead giveaway that there is a leak.

How to confirm a swimming pool leak?

A dye test is the first thing you could try. A dye test kit can be acquired from your local swimming pool store. After everyone has left the pool and the water has settled down, apply a few drops of the dye near the suspected cracked region.

What you’ll be checking for is if the dye persists and gradually fades. However, if it is sucked into the suspected location and reveals the crack this will be confirmation.

You could also run a bucket test for swimming pool leaks during a calm period when no one will be using the pool. This test will be carried out during a 24-hour period. First, make sure that all equipment is turned off and that no water is being automatically refilled.

Fill a bucket halfway with water, about 10cm from the top. Place this bucket on your swimming pool’s step area. Make a mark on both the inside and outside of the water level. After 24 hours, check to see if the outside level has dropped.

How often does a pool lose water without any leaks?

Swimming pools typically lose 0.5cm – 1cm of water each day due to evaporation and wind. This equals to between 2 – 4 centimeters per week. Due to evaporation, a typical sized pool will lose 25,000 to 50,000 gallons of water every year. This means you’ll have to refill the pool with a hose every 7-10 days.


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