Swimming Pool Leaks
What Do You do if Your
Swimming Pool Leaks????
of the more frustrating problems pool owners face is the issue of the
swimming pool leak. If there is a leak in your swimming pool, the first
thing you need to find out is where the leak is located. You might be
fortunate and know exactly what spot of your pool is leaking water.
However, if you don't, you have a problem.
If you want to
try to find the leak on your own, you can run a little experiment to
find out if your leak is in the liner or surface of the pool, or if it
is in the plumbing. First, you should mark the water level with a
little piece of tape, and let the pool pump run for a set period of
time (say one night). Then measure how many inches drained out of the
pool. The next night, turn the pool pump off, and you might even
consider plugging the water lines, and let the pool sit for the night.
Then measure how many inches drained out of the pool. Now if the pool
drained about the same amount of water each night, then the leak is
somewhere in the liner or shell of the pool. If the pool drained more
water when the pump was running, then your leak is likely in the pipes
your leak is somewhere in the liner, you can try to find it yourself,
though this is something of a daunting issue, and to be honest, I am
not sure where to tell you to start. If you have a vinyl liner, you
might be able to deduce what caused the damage to the liner and locate
the leak that way. Maybe you'll remember an object that got knocked in
the pool, or someone who took a glass bottle or something to a certain
place in the pool. Otherwise, you are potentially going to be better
off hiring a professional to fix the leak. There are specialists who do
the specific service of finding and repairing leaks. They have specific
equipment that makes things a lot easier for them. Also, if you suspect
your leak is in the plumbing, you should get in contact with a
professional pool company as soon as possible.
If you know
where the leak is, you can attempt to patch it yourself. If you have a
vinyl liner, there are many companies that manufacture vinyl repair
kits. You'll need to attach glue to the one side of the vinyl, and then
carefully place it down over the hole. Of course, there are
instructions that will come with the kit. You might even consider
putting one larger patch on top of the smaller patch to ensure a better
seal. If you have a fiberglass or gunite pool, I would suggest
discussing your options with your local pool company. However, I
suspect that fiberglass and gunite pools spring far fewer leaks than
vinyl pools do. If your vinyl-lined pool has a major tear or leak, you
should consider looking into having the liner replaced, especially if
it is old.
Finally, if you have any questions or doubts,
your best bet is to contact your local pool company and discuss your
situation with them. Every situation is going to be unique, and what
might work best for one leaky pool might not be best for another.
They'll be able to go over the options with you.