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Pool Repairs: Spotting a Pool Leak

The valley’s pool season is fast approaching, which means now is a good time to consider making any necessary pool repairs. Don’t let pool leaks or these six most common pool repairs postpone your swimming season. Dive into how to spot a pool leak today to ensure it is repaired before spring.

You Might Need Pool Repairs, If

It’s not always apparent you have a leak, so how can you know for sure if you suspect there’s a leak? One sign you have leakage is water-quality or algae issues that keep returning because there’s an imbalance in water quality. 

If you’re finding loose tiles or cracks in your pool deck or the surrounding area, this is another clue there might be a leak. If you have a tree near your pool, the roots can lift your pool deck, plumbing, or even the walls of your pool.

Soggy soil or grass near your pool, pumps, or plumbing equipment could be another sign that you have a pool leak. Lastly, if you notice that you add water more than once a week or you’re losing about a ¼-inch of water every day, you’ve got some pool repairs in your future. 

Testing for Leaks

The first test you can try is the evaporation test. Fill up a bucket of water and place it on the deck of your pool. With a pen, mark the water level in the bucket and your pool, and then turn off the circulation to your pool. 

After you have left the pool and bucket alone for a few days, mark the new level. The two should have evaporated at the same rate. If the pool has lost significantly more water, there’s probably a leak. 

The next test you can try is the dye test, which requires more work than the evaporation test. You’ll have to prep your pool by cleaning and brushing the entire swimming pool on a calm day when no debris or ripples are disturbing the water. 

Examine the pool for cracks. Starting at the tile line, tap tiles with a tool to see if any fall off, are loose, or you can hear a hollow sound. After you’ve completed your inspection, put some food coloring in areas where you think there may be a crack. 

If the dye swirls around the crack without getting sucked into the area, there’s no leak. However, if it does get sucked in, the coloring is riding a flow of water leaking from your pool. Make sure to also perform this test in other areas: fittings, lights, skimmers, main drain, and return outlets. 

Discovered a Leak?

Noisy pump? Leaking filter? Platinum Pools and Spas specializes in residential and commercial pool pump and equipment repair. We are one of the premier pool repair businesses in Phoenix. Our technicians are CPO certified and some of the best in the industry. We are also committed to providing top-quality service and affordability. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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